Cheteshwar Pujara is the most important player for India in the WTC final said Indian head coach Rahul Dravid. Pujara has been playing country cricket in England and is well-known of the conditions at this time of the year in England.
The WTC final at The Oval is already a historic one because this is the first-ever Test match at The Oval in June with the onset of summer in England. England generally hosts Test cricket between July to September when the summer is at its peak.
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Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Rahul Dravid spoke about how he took a fair bit of information from Pujara regarding batting and captaincy at this time of the year in England.
Cheteshwar Pujara Has Got A Good Handle Over Tactics: Rahul Dravid
“We’ve had conversations with Pujee – about captaincy, about obviously batting, but also he leads Sussex. So he’s also got a good handle on things in terms of the kind of tactics and the strategy that’s used by a lot of the county bowlers that he’s played with,” Dravid told media in London ahead of the WTC Final.
Pujara has been playing country Cricket for Sussex and has been leading them for the past two seasons as well. He made a massive impact for his side last season scoring 1094 runs County Championship runs, including a record-breaking three double centuries, and finished the season with an average of 109.4.
Despite the weather conditions, Dravid said that they will not make too many chances to the basic preparation that they had since they reached England for the WTC final.
Basics Of The Game Remain The Same: Rahul Dravid
“So we’ve had some conversations and discussions obviously with him in and around that and we’ll see how we can maybe incorporate some of that. Doesn’t drastically change some of the basics of the game. They always remain the same,” Dravid concluded saying.