Cheteshwar Pujara had scored only one half-century in the 4-Test series against England this year. (AFP)
Cheteshwar Pujara is often criticized for his slow batting. But former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has defended him. In response to a fan’s question, he said that any team needs a batsman like Pujara. Because he takes his time to bat and it is essential in Test cricket.
New Delhi. Test cricket is a game of patience, determination and strong will. There have been many such players in the past, who were highly praised for showing a strong game in Test cricket. However, cricket has also changed over time. Especially after the advent of T20, the game has completely changed. Fans underestimate the specialist players of Test cricket. Similar is the case with Cheteshwar Pujara, the specialist batsman of the Indian Test team. Pujara is considered solely a Test batsman. He can stand on the pitch for hours. However, many times veterans and fans have criticized him for his slow batting.
There was a lot of pressure on Pujara in India’s last tour of Australia too. Because he scored 271 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 33.58. After this, many veterans and fans raised questions on him. However, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg does not think so. He has justified Pujara’s slow batting.
Actually, Hogg said this during a question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter. A fan asked him this question whether Cheteshwar Pujara is too slow for the test. On this Hogg defended the Indian batsman. He said that it is not so, any team needs such a batsman. He himself enjoys his batting.
Test cricket needs a batsman like Pujara: HoggHe further said that if you always need such a batsman, then take time to bat in Test cricket. The priests also do the same. His patience and perseverance is amazing. He can bat for hours. It is also necessary for test cricket. As a batsman, we should praise him for this quality.
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During this question-and-answer session, a fan asked Hogg who will win the final of the World Test Championship. In response, he said that it is not easy to choose between India and New Zealand as the winner. Both the teams have been playing well for the last few years. But in my view the chances of New Zealand winning are high. Because the Kiwi team is playing a two-Test series against England before the final of the World Test Championship. This is very important for the preparation of WTC. Let us tell you that the WTC final will be played between India and New Zealand from June 18 to 22.