Although, Cheteshwar Pujara could not scratch a handsome performance in the twenty20 format competition Indian Premier League season seven till now, but he believes that he would find an alcove for himself by following the footsteps of the South African epitome Jacques Kallis.
Pujara somewhere knows that he cannot act as ‘flamboyant’ as his other teammates in the franchise side Kings XI Punjab. He has already proved himself as a Test performer, but he has to struggle to find his place in the much faster twenty20 cricket. “I cannot be flamboyant like [Glenn] Maxwell or [David] Miller, but I can always be a Jacques Kallis, who plays proper cricketing shots, but can still score runs at a good strike rate. This is what I am anticipating.” Pujara stated on the official website of the IPL.
“The fundamental of cricket endure the same, regardless of the format you play. You have to hit the cricket ball at the end of the day. I know how to play the cricket ball to the best of my capacities. My path of hitting may be classical where you try and time the ball. In the T20 format, you are called for to hit it harder and find the breaches whenever attainable. It has been just about fine-tuning your game, rather than making changes in the way you play.” He added, describing his strategy to soak up the T20 format.
Kings XI Punjab has hold on a fantastic form this year, winning all the three matches they have played until now. Maxwell and Miller’s run riot with the bat has lifted up the team to this level. “Even ahead of the start of the IPL 7, we always believed we had a very good squad. On paper, the team was magnificent, but we had to pull off things on the field. We are happy with the way things have gone as yet. Three out of three is good and hope we can make five out of five in Dubai and then continue our impetus in India.” Pujara said.
“We have big-hitters like Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey, who can smash the ball long. My act in the squad is to stay at one end. I contemplate to rotate the strike and hit the boundaries and go for the big shots as and when it is attainable.” He added.
Pujara has found pretty excited about his opening the batting with Sehwag, he said, “I interact a lot to Viru paa concerning my game, not just in T20s, but also in the longer format. When I got my debut, he was the one who gave me my Test cap. From that time onwards, he has accompanied me, not just in Tests, but he also suggested me how to engage in my game in ODIs and T20Is. I chat with him about the IPL and he has been leading me really well.”
When Pujara was asked if he is adapting the way to survive in the shortest format of the cricket, he said that the process is tough but smooth too. “In T20s, you have to be inventive and you don’t get as much time to get resolved and then start playing your shots. In my case with the Kings XI Punjab, I am opening the innings and I have to be prepared to smash the ball from the ball-one or the very first over.” He said.
All that he wants is some time for him to get accustomed to the shortest format of the game as nothing can occur overnight. He believes that he will get improved as time proceeds as he knows his strong points and weak points.