India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has successfully established himself as a mainstay in the Indian Test team with his gritty performances with the bat over the years. The right-hander’s contribution has been significant in Virat Kohli and co.’s monumental success in the longer format. The player is expected to play a major role in the upcoming India vs New Zealand WTC Final as well. Ahead of the all-important game, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has come forward to silence the critics who have questioned the 33-year-old’s strike rate in the past.
Sachin Tendulkar speaks in the support of Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of WTC Final 2021
While Pujara with his astute defence and exemplary determination has helped India in clinching a number of momentous victories in red-ball cricket under challenging conditions, a certain section of experts has often questioned his approach. The talented batsman has on several occasions come under the scanner for his strike rate as many have opined that he does not show enough intent while batting.
However, in his conversation with PTI, Sachin Tendulkar reckoned that Pujara must be appreciated for his contribution to the Indian cricket team. Furthermore, he also suggested that one should not put emphasis on a batsman’s strike rate when it comes to Test match cricket. Speaking about the ones who have expressed apprehensions regarding Pujara’s technique and strike-rotation, Tendulkar opined that the ones criticising have not played as many games as the Saurashtra batsman at the highest level.
Tendulkar also added that to be successful in the longer format, one does not have to rely merely on hitting big shots. He also pointed out that there are players like Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja who can up the ante at any given point of time, thus maintaining the balance. The legendary cricketer stated that the team needs someone like Cheteshawar Pujara when it comes to tiring the opposition or executing gameplans.