Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara feels that struggling middle-order batsman, Ajinkya Rahane, is just one good innings away from getting back to his best. Pujara also expects Rahane to have a good series against New Zealand.
India will play a 2-match Test series against the Black Caps starting on November 25 in Kanpur, followed by the second Test in Mumbai. The series will be part of the WTC 2021-23 cycle.
“Rahane is a great player. There are times when a player goes through a tough time and that’s a part of this game. There can be ups and downs but I feel he is a confident player. He is someone who works hard on his game and I am sure he is just one innings away from gaining back the form,” Pujara said in a press conference ahead of the first Test.
“Once he gets back to scoring runs, he will be back in form. He has been working hard in the nets. So he is in good touch, hoping that he scores big runs in this series,” Pujara added.
Cheteshwar Pujara ready to make home conditions count
The upcoming series against New Zealand will be of prime importance to both Rahane and Pujara. Both are going through a rough patch and their spot in the side is currently in danger. However, this doesn’t worry Pujara, who is keen on contributing with big scores.
“I have been contributing with 50-60 runs. As long as I play well, I am not worried. It will come. It is just a matter of a good innings and with the Indian conditions, it will come soon.”
“There was no major change in technique. I was just playing fearlessly. I was just enjoying my game. So far, the preparation has been good and the experience of playing in Indian conditions will help,” Pujara added.
Rahane will lead the side in the first Test before Virat Kohli will come back to captain the team in the second Test.