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The new wall of Indian cricket, Cheteshwar Pujara, has heaped praise on his predecessor and the former wall of team India, Rahul Dravid. Like his predecessor, Pujara too has emerged as a rock-solid batsman in world cricket. He is a patient customer on the show and is class-apart from his contemporaries in the game.
What sets Pujara apart from other batsmen in modern-day cricket is the fact that he plays only one format, i.e. Test cricket. Here, maintaining consistency is the biggest challenge as a player isn’t used to playing regular cricket at the international level.
Now, Cheteshwar Pujara has opened up on the influence of Rahul Dravid on his international career and how he helped Pujara grow manifold.
Cheteshwar Pujara Heaps Praise On Rahul Dravid
Speaking to sports presenter Arjun Pandit for Sony Ten Pit Stop, Puajra said Dravid’s ability to live a balanced life has influenced him quite a bit.
“He [Dravid] has always been calm, very composed. He has always lived a balanced life. There have been many qualities. I don’t need to name one. If you look at his cricketing career, there have been many ups and downs,” Pujara said.
“The kind of sacrifices he has made for the team. I have never kept wickets but he is someone who has kept wickets in the Indian team when there was a need in the ODI team. To do all such things for the team, it’s not easy. If you are not a regular wicketkeeper, it’s one of the most difficult things,” Cheteshwar Pujara added.
Cheteshwar Pujara Recalls Rahul Dravid’s Success As A Cricketer
“Apart from that, he has always been a team man. To bat at No. 3 there have been many challenges. So he has tackled all such challenges over a period of time. not just in 1 format. He has played ODI cricket for such a long time. Even late in his career, he was successful in T20 format also, mostly IPL,” Pujara said.
The former right-handed batsman rightly deserves the honour as he has been one of India’s greatest batsmen. He is also called ‘The Wall’ as he was famous for facing a hell lot of deliveries, especially in Test cricket. He is the batsman who has faced the most balls in international cricket.