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Why Cheteshwar Pujara will be better number 3 than Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma?

Why Cheteshwar Pujara will be better number 3 than Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma?

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his seventh Test century on Day Two of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo. It was Pujara’s first match since being dropped from the team for the fourth test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) earlier in 2015.

On a difficult pitch when Indian batsmen failed to cope with with pitch blushes were waiting for India the Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara stands like a rock for India. He opened the innings on 28th August, the first day of the series decider Test, but rain spoiled day’s play. Commencing the second day’s play, he signed off at unbeaten 135. On a day when Dhamika Prasad wrecked havoc on the Indian batting line up Pujara did not do any hara-kiri, he kept patience and measures each delivery and hit that for boundaries.

India at a time were struggling at 187 for 7. Amit Mishra came, there was less hope for India. But, since then something extraordinary happens, as he scored a timely 59 and built an important 104 runs partnership with Pujara India finished day’s play at a respectable place.

At the end of the day, Pujara helped India to post a total of 292 for 8 that is indeed fighting. Pujara in his innings barred himself playing lofted shot. He hit 13 boundaries.

However, Pujara might not get a chance of playing this Test if none of Indian openers (Vijay and Dhawan) did not suffer injuries. An unlikely opportunity for Pujara. In the last two Tests neither Indian selectors nor Indian team management did not bother to play this batsman, who is better player against spin, while spin has been wrecking havoc on Indian batsmen.

Pujara didn’t have any place in Indian team as Rohit Sharma had been considered as better no.3 than Pujara. But, Rohit Sharma’s flop show at no. 3 in the two innings of the first Tests forced team management to chance their decision, they asked Rahane to bat at the most contentious position of Indian cricket, who in the second and third Tests did not last long in the first innings but scored hundred in India’s 278 runs win over Sri Lanka at P.Sara Oval.

 

 

Now, the question is where Pujara will play when Vijay and Dhawan will back in the team during the South Afria series at home. Ajinkya Rahane failed to give India solidity at no.3 while Pujara batting at an unfamiliar position scored a brilliant hundred. The thing is that Pujara at no. 3 in sub continental pitch has an astonishing average 83.17 that is better than any current Indian batsmen. Pujara’s place after this innings defining hundred is cemented.

But, who will be dropped from the team there is two batsman, one of them have to be dropped. There is one 23 year old Lokesh Rahul, who scored centuries in the first innings of the second Test, but got out following innings weirdly. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma, with whom the experiments have been done, scored 79 in the first innings, but in a day when he was needed most in the final Test he fell before the lunch. His inconsistency is once again left India in the middle of the bay. So, between these two batsmen who will be selected, we have to keep an eye on that. But, it is time to stop the comparison between Rohit and Pujara because both are different kind batsmen and Pujara is a better choice for Test.

Rohit Sharma since his debut in November 2013 has played 14 Tests, and scored 820 runs at an average of 37.27 with two hundred and three fifties. Meanwhile, Pujara has played 15 Tests and scored 1,028 runs at 39.53 with three hundred and three fifties. In terms of average, there is no huge difference. So it is understable that that Rohit got preference over Pujara for the last few Tests.

But, Now Pujara come back with better technique, scored unbeaten 135 which also have had a positive effect on his batting average.

His career looks like this

 

Span

Match

Innings

Runs

 Highest

Average

100s

50s

2010-2015

28

49

2208

206*

50.18*

7

6

 N.B 50.18* as he is still batting at 135* at SSC, Colombo.

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