Pujara expresses interest to play ODIs and T20Is
Cheteshwar Pujara has been a dependable No.3 batsman for India in Test cricket. He is highly regarded as the potential successor to legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid in modern-day cricket and much to everyone’s expectations, Pujara has lived up to his reputation for being the consistent batsman for India in red-ball cricket.
Pujara has scored 5,740 runs from 75 Tests at an incredible average of nearly 50. He has scored 24 fifties, 18 hundreds and 3 double centuries. He was named the man of the series in the historic Test series in Australia in 2018-19 by scoring 500-plus runs with as many as three centuries to his name.
Now, the right-handed batsman has expressed his interest to play the other two formats as well. He was recently asked about his game plan to play the white-ball cricket and the 32-year-old cricketer still believes that he can deliver well.
“Yes, I would like to play T20 and ODI cricket as well. But yes when you’re playing just one format, you put in a lot of hard work, you put in a lot of effort to be successful in that format. This comes from my junior days. Playing long innings and concentrating for hours and hours. It started when I started playing U14 cricket for Saurashtra.
In my very first game, I was able to score a triple hundred. That is when I created the habit of playing long innings. That is when my journey started,” the 32-year-old Pujara was quoted as saying by India Today.
“So I feel if you create that habit for over a period of time then you always become successful even at the international level. When I was playing Ranji Trophy or U19, if I recollect all of those innings, if I recollect all the journey then I understand that why I am successful at the international level now,” Pujara added.
“First of all, I do agree (On the dying art of defensive Test batting) because when I look at the modern-day youngsters, all of them want to play shots. And yes the future is obviously T20 and ODI cricket. But at the same time, I think there are still diehard Test fans and I am one of those. I always love playing Test cricket at the same time,” Pujara concluded.