Cheteshwar Pujara played a stellar knock on his return to test match cricket. It was an innings filled with patience, determination and resilience as he kept the Sri Lankan bowlers at bay on a tricky pitch. Pujara went on to carry his bat, as he remained unbeaten on 145.
Sunil Gavaskar, India’s batting legend, who is also touring Sri Lanka as a TV commentator lauded Pujara for his patience and showered praises on him. “He has a tight technique and temperament to get out of tough situations. He is someone who is not ruffled when beaten around off stump. He would say okay, this is your time but my time will come after some time,” Gavaskar said.
“The temperament covers all aspects. He was making a comeback and under pressure but he is someone who soaks all the pressure. When the ball is moving around the off stump, he makes life easy for the batsman at the other end. He cools things up, he clams things up,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
Gavaskar was also of the view that once Vijay and Dhawan recovered from their respective injuries, they would be back in the side as the regular openers. “They (Vijay and Dhawan) will resume (get their places) back and it is a good headache to have for selectors. The problem of plenty is better to have than having no one to choose to from,” the former opener said.
Gavaskar also said that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both need to be vigilant around the off stump mark. “Virat has gone back to pushing hard at deliveries outside off. He was playing a ball on the 6th, 7th stump. He likes the ball to come to him at speed but when the ball is moving he reaches out to the ball and that’s his problem.” However, he said Stuart Binny actually faced “good” balls when he got out but he needs to do well with the ball to keep his place in the side. If he picks up two, three wickets it will be good for him.”