‘Talks happen outside’: Rohit Sharma lauds Cheteshwar Pujara
On Day 3 of the third Test against England, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara silenced his critics by scoring an unbeaten 91 runs in 180 balls. Pujara has been criticized for his slow scoring rate.
However, on Day 3, the right-handed batsman demonstrated his ability to score runs at a faster rate, hitting 15 boundaries in his innings. With a total of 215/2, India trailed England by 139 runs at the end of Day 3 thanks to Pujara’s classy batting. After the game, India opener Rohit Sharma, who also scored a fifty, praised Pujara and stated that there were no doubts about his form in the dressing room.
“To be honest there hasn’t been any talk about Pujara’s batting. I think the talks are only happening outside. Not a single conversation has happened with Pujara regarding his form inside the team dressing room.
We know the quality he brings, we know the experience he brings. When you have a guy like that, I don’t think there needs to be much discussion,” Rohit said.
“If you talk about his recent performance, yes I mean he has not scored runs but we saw a crucial partnership between him and Ajinkya at Lord’s. Not to forget what he did in Australia.
Those were crucial innings for us winning that historic Test series in Australia. We tend to forget, our memories are a little bit short,” Rohit said. When criticizing a player like Pujara, Rohit added that fans must consider a player’s contribution over a long period.
“We need to think about what the guy has done over the years. It is not about one or two innings or one or two series. It’s about what he has done in his entire career.
“I understand the current form, but the current form doesn’t happen in one inning. Over several years, he has done well, and that needs to be considered when we talk about someone like him,” Rohit said.
“He came with an intent to score runs. This innings of ours was never about survival. We intended to score runs, and Pujara clearly showed that. The way he got off the mark and then carried on from there. Anything loose, he was ready to pounce. This shows that he had an intent in his batting.