Cheteshwar Pujara Is Confident About The World Test Championships
The Cricket World Cup fever is now going to end. Now, world cricket will experience the inaugural ICC World Test Championship very soon. The Indian Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is confident about the World Test Championship as he believes that it will increase the focus on the longer format.
After completion of the thrilling 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, we will now experience the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. The top nine Test teams will feature in this competition. Each team will play three home and three away bilateral Test series. This competition will kick-off on 1st August through the 2019 Ashes series in England.
Cheteshwar Pujara believes that the World Test Championship will make the Test cricket better. He feels that every Test match will be more important due to this competition.
Pujara said according to CricketNext, “The World Test Championships will increase the focus on Tests. Each and every Test and series will be important, especially those played away from home. Earlier, teams used to take the third Test lightly after winning the series 2-0 but you can’t afford to do that now with points on offer for every game.”
India will begin their journey in the World Test Championship in late August. In their Caribbean tour, India will play a two-match bilateral Test series against the hosts from 22nd August.
Virat and Bumrah need a break – Cheteshwar Pujara
In the recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, India ended the journey in the semi-final. Some of the regular Indian players were busy in the various challenging cricket assignments from the late last year to this Cricket World Cup. Now, the Indian captain Virat Kohli and the Indian frontline pacer Jasprit Bumrah are likely to get rest from the upcoming Caribbean tour.
Cheteshwar Pujara also believes that both Kohli and Bumrah need to take a break.
Pujara said, “Virat and Bumrah need a break because they have been playing non-stop and might not be playing ODIs and T20s against West Indies from what I have heard. We have a lot of young players to replace them and this might be a right platform to test them out.”
In the upcoming Caribbean and USA tour, India will play three-match bilateral T20I series, three-match bilateral ODI series and two-match bilateral Test series against Windies.
Bumrah is a challenging bowler to face even in practice
Pujara also praised the Indian right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He has claimed that Bumrah is the challenging bowler even on the practice pitches.
Pujara added, “Bumrah is a challenging bowler to face even in practice. I remember in Australia he was bowling really quick and it was tough to face him on the practice wickets. He’s a lethal bowler especially on practice wickets which are not that well prepared.”
Cheteshwar Pujara is presently the no.3-ranked Test batsman. Currently, the right-handed batsman is preparing for the forthcoming Test series in West Indies.
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