In the era explosive batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara beats the opposition with his determination and dogged mindset. He follows the conventional style of batting which has brought him laurels in the Test cricket. But, because of the same batting technique, he has lost place in the limited-overs. He has only played 5 ODIs since he made a debut in 2013 while he hasn’t played T20I cricket.
However, Former Indian cricketer Dilip Doshi believes that Cheteswar Pujara deserves the place in the ODI team. He said that Pujara is capable of batting for long and will remain at the crease till the 50th over.
Pujara, who plays for Saurashtra in domestic cricket, has played 103 List A matches and scored 4445 runs at an average of 54. 20. He has also registered 11 centuries and 29 half-centuries in the format.
Dilip Doshi feels bad for Cheteshwar Pujara:
Dilip Doshi went on to heap praise on the Test cricket but he also said that he feels bad for Pujara. He said that it is unfortunate that people at times call such a high-class batsman like Pujara ‘too slow’.
“I will not drop a guy like Pujara from my ODI team. I will ask him to hold one end and keep on batting till the 50th over and I think he is quite capable of it,” said Doshi in a chat with Playwrite Foundation.
“It hurts me when people call a high-class batsman such Cheteshwar Pujara as too slow,” Doshi added.
Cheteshwar Pujara is the lynchpin in the Test team. His batting at No. 3 plays a crucial role for India in building the innings. He was the mainstay for the team in the historic win against Australia last year.
The phlegmatic batsman tired the Australia bowling line with his long hour standing in the field and scoring centuries. He has proved that neither sledging nor bowling attack can beat the determined batsman.
He has so far played 77 Test matches and scored 5840 runs, including 18 centuries and 25 half-centuries. His highest score remains unbeaten 206 runs.