Cheteshwar Pujara has a relaxed head accompanied by nerves of metal. He would not crumble beneath strain, not when dealing with hostile quick bowlers in troublesome circumstances, definitely not when tackling questions on his latest struggles with the bat, the criticism from varied quarters and the fixed reminders about his place within the Indian facet being unsure. Pujara’s qualities each on and off the sector have been on full show on Wednesday. The India No.3 hit an attacking fifty onin opposition to South Africa in Johannesburg to considerably shrug off a dry patch after which answered powerful questions within the post-match press convention with a relaxed manner.
Pujara scored a vital 53 and stitched a useful 111-run stand with one other out-of-form veteran Ajinkya Rahane (58) in India’s second innings to set a difficult 240-run goal for the hosts.
Requested if he and Rahane felt the strain after legendary Sunil Gavaskar had predicted that, Pujara’s reply had the identical constructive intent that was there throughout his batting.
“We’re assured and there’s lot of backing from group administration. We have now at all times been studying from Sunny bhai and each time I’ve spoken to him, he has at all times been supportive,” Pujara stated on the finish of the day’s play.
He understands that questions will probably be requested when runs will dry up however gamers like him and Rahane have received numerous video games for the group.
“Sure, there are occasions when you find yourself going via dangerous kind, there will probably be questions however we’re assured gamers. Myself and Ajinkya and we all know we’re working exhausting on our sport and there is a saying kind is momentary however class is everlasting and it applies right here.
“We have now carried out properly in previous and administration has confirmed numerous religion in us and it has paid for positive and as soon as batter is again in kind, you retain scoring runs and preserve going up and up,” he stated.
For Pujara it has been a fantastic factor that each coach Rahul Dravid and captain Virat Kohli have supported him.
“The group administration has at all times been supportive besides the skin noise, teaching employees, captain everybody has been behind the gamers.
“There are occasions when you do not get too many runs however necessary is to observe proper routine and preserve engaged on sport as a result of at occasions, you will not get runs however in the event you observe the fitting processes, you’ll get runs and that is what has occurred. I’m positive this way will proceed.”
(With PTI inputs)
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