Former Cricketers including Ricky Ponting had questioned Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow batting approach during the Australia tour but India’s Test Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane supported Pujara & said that Cheteshwar Pujara very well knows his role & game.
Pujara registered his slowest fifty in Test Cricket during the third test against Australia & Ponting has said that the batsman’s slow batting created an unwanted pressure on the non-striker who had to compensate for his slow approach.
“No one questioned his approach (slow) about his batting in the team and that’s what matters. What people talk outside doesn’t matter to us. We know Pujara’s role and how crucial he is for our team and we are really happy with the way he played in Australia and the way he is playing right now. His role very important for us and we back him completely on how he wants to play. He knows his game really well. He has played 80 odd Test matches. No one questioned his ability or how he played in Australia,” said Rahane while replying to a query from ANI during the virtual press conference.
“Everyone is in the mix, the good thing is Axar is fit to play. See all our spinners are really good and if given a chance I’m sure they will do really well,” Rahane added. Since Axar is available for selection for the second test match the All-India Senior Seletcion Committee on Thursday withdrawn Shahbaaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar from the main squad and added the duo back to the group of standby players.
England defeated India by 227 runs in the first test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. England’s winning start against India has kept England’s hopes alive to secure a spot in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship. The victory in first test helped England to secure first place & 70.2 percentage points on the Points Table & they have improved their chances of securing one of the three series results in their favor that could see them through to the final 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.