India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara is going through a down period in cricket & the upcoming test series against England would be a good chance for him to make a comeback to his previous gleaming form. Former India cricketer VVS Laxman wants Cheteshwar Pujara to adapt to Rahul Dravid’s batting style while batting at No 3 in the upcoming test series against England.
India had last won the series in England in 2007 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. Rahul Dravid had scored 602 runs against England in the 2002 four-match series. He followed it up with 126 runs during the three-Test series in 2007 and 461 runs in the 2011 four-match Test series against England. By batting at No.3 Laxman wants Cheteshwar Pujara to adapt power-hitting just like Dravid did during the 2002 & 2007 series & bring up a good score on board to help India win the upcoming five-match Test series against England.
“There is no doubt that Pujara will be mindful of the lean patch he is going through, as far as scoring those big fifties or scoring those hundreds and you expect a lot from Cheteshwar Pujara at the No.3 position because that is a very important position along with both the openers,” VVS Laxman said
“In 2002 and 2007, the reason behind our victories on those two tours was because our top order and our No.3 batsman, which was Rahul Dravid, they fired. Once the top order sets a very good foundation, it allows the middle-order batsmen to come and play their natural game and while doing that you post a very healthy total in the first innings and you are always dictating the terms,” Laxman added.
The last time when India toured England Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century. He scored 23 runs in 10 test matches at an average of 27.53. It is the third-best average for current India batsman touring England, after Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli.
However, in the last few innings, Pujara’s performance was not so impressive. He failed to register even a single half-century in the last eight innings he has played including the practice match in Durham. India will have great expectations with Pujara as the visitors hope to win the fourth test series in England after 1971, 1986, and 2007.