Cheteshwar Pujara Feels Pant Don’t Need To Change His Approach
By CricShots - Feb 8, 2021 12:49 pm
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The Indian Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara feels that there is no need for the young wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant to curb his natural attacking instincts, but he feels that the latter can be more “sensible” with his shot selection while putting the team’s requirements above everything else. Pant played a dominating knock of 91 off 88 balls but then threw it away with a poor shot off Dom Bess, as India finished the third day of the opening Test against England at 257 for six.

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored a fifty

At the end of the day’s play on Sunday, Cheteshwar Pujara said, “It is his (Pant) natural game so we cannot restrict him much. He can’t be too defensive because by doing so he can get out quickly. It is good for his game that he keeps on playing his shots but, at times, he has to be very selective. He needs to understand which shots to play, which not. Balancing things out is the most important for him.”

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Pujara believes Pant will be learning from his mistakes as the latter has the ability to rectify and play for the team’s cause. The senior batsman feels that if Pant is “sensible” and listens to the suggestion from the coaching staff, so he can avoid those ugly dismissals.

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Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara

Elaborating the same, Cheteshwar Pujara said, “And then there are times when he also has to understand and the coaching staff always communicates with him that. He has to put the team first and be a little sensible at times. He has done that most of the times. There are times when he gets out and looks ugly.”

Pujara’s freak dismissal — a pull shot that rebounded off Ollie Pop’s back and lobbed up to Rory Burns — along with Joe Root’s magnificent catch, after Ajinkya Rahane failed to dispatch a full-toss were unlucky dismissals.

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Talking about his dismissal, Pujara said, “Batting wise, we could have batted better, there were some soft dismissals which didn’t go in our favor. The way I got out or Jinks got out… I felt those two wickets were crucial for us, but at the same time we are still confident of doing well. Ash and Washington are both batting well, so we will just have to move on from here. Tomorrow, it will be the most crucial day for us.”