Former Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman is one of the several experts keenly looking forward to the four-match Test series between Australia and India. The first of the four Tests begins on Thursday at the Adelaide Oval, which will also be a day and night affair. Ahead of the Test series, VVS Laxman feels that Cheteshwar Pujara will take some time to find his rhythm.
The fans will indeed expect an encore of the 2018/19 series when Cheteshwar Pujara bagged the man of the series award. The right-handed batsman was the best from either side as his efforts let Virat Kohli’s men become the first Indian team to win a Test series in Australia. The responsibility on this occasion would be much higher on Pujara.
Cheteshwar Pujara hammered 521 runs in four Tests at an average of 70 alongside three centuries, proving nearly unshakable against the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon. While India has not played red-ball cricket since quite long, Pujara warmed himself with a patient fifty in one of the practice games. The tourists will need a lot of those, considering that Virat Kohli will miss the last three Tests.
But knowing Pujara, he will go with full preparation: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman believes that almost certainly Cheteshwar Pujara will take time to discover his rhythm. At the same time, the 134-Test veteran pointed out that the Saurashtra batsman will go in with complete preparation and even during the lockdown phase, he was practising in Rajkot. Hence, according to Laxman, intense preparation has forever been Pujara’s strength.
“It might definitely take time for Pujara to get his rhythm back. But knowing Pujara, he will go with full preparation. Even though he has not played since March, he would have definitely been practising in Rajkot. Even in the lockdown he would have been going to his own ground and practising because preparation has always been Pujara’s strength,” Laxman said in the Star Sports’ show Game Plan.