Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly recently admitted that Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara is as good as Virat Kohli in the traditional fold. Ganguly further said that Pujara is someone whose contribution goes unnoticed.
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Meanwhile, Pujara is the mainstay of India’s batting line-up in the five-day format. He bats at one drop and is responsible for several partnerships for India.
“Along with Virat Kohli in this team, Pujara’s record is as good as anybody. He’s from that old school of cricket where he will grind you, and win you matches but he goes unnoticed,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly, who was present at the launch of his book ‘A Century Is Not Enough’, lauded the Tests batter.
“The best team had the best number three. When India played at its best the best number three was (Rahul) Dravid. When India played at its best away, it’s Pujara at number three,” Ganguly added.
“They actually take the shine off the new ball, allow the stroke makers to make batting easier. He (Pujara) is as important to this Test team as Virat Kohli. But sometimes he goes unnoticed. Look at his Test records, after 57 Tests, he has 14 hundred,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pujara will use the free period to hone his skills at Yorkshire for a second county stint. He also recently revealed that he is practicing lofted shots to meet the demand of limited over cricket. Pujara plays limited-overs cricket for his stateside Saurashtra.
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