Cheteshwar Pujara
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Former Indian wicketkeeper Saba Karim believes Cheteshwar Pujara is still the right man to bat at the No.3 position for Team India in the Test series against South Africa beginning from December 26.

Pujara’s place has been under the scanner as he has been unable to be among the runs of late. He also had a quiet Test series against New Zealand with the bat and many feel his place is certainly up for grabs.

However, Saba Karim wants Pujara to draw inspiration from the way he played against Australia Down Under earlier this year.

Cheteshwar Pujara needs to do what he did in Australia:

Cheteshwar Pujara should be India's No.3 according to Saba Karim
Cheteshwar Pujara en route to 91* (Image Credit: Twitter)

Taking body blow after body blow, Pujara showed great grit and determination and put a hefty price on his wicket. Karim feels a similar kind of approach will help Pujara succeed in South Africa.

On the YouTube channel Khelneeti, this is what Karim had to say: “Cheteshwar Pujara will have to bat like he did in Australia. From what I have heard, he will be India’s number 3 for the series. It is an important position for any team, especially when they are touring abroad.”

India should pick Mohammed Siraj for the first Test: Nikhil Chopra

Mohammed Siraj, Ross Taylor
Mohammed Siraj, Ross Taylor. (Photo: BCCI)

Former Indian cricketer Nikhil Chopra gave his opinion on what should be India’s bowling attack for the Test series against South Africa. He believes fast bowler Mohammed Siraj should play ahead of Ishant Sharma.

Siraj has been simply sensational with his line and length and has made an impact in the Test series against England and also recently at home against New Zealand. Chopra believes this gives him the edge as the third pacer alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the Indian pace battery.

“The way Mohammed Siraj has bowled, I will surely pick him for the 1st Test. He’s currently at the top of his game,” Nikhil Chopra stated.

The first Test will be played at the SuperSport Park, Centurion from December 30.