Pujara not want to fall into the trap of words
At 22 yards, India middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has often become the epitome of patience. Sometimes it is like a meditating sage. The opponent’s bowling or the arrow of words, nothing can break that meditation. This Indian batsman says that he does not want to bring his own danger by stepping into the trap of words.
The use of a weapon called sledging to crack the batsman’s attention is common in cricket. One understands the type of use of this weapon. As in the case of Pujara, the opponent knows that the big innings is almost certain once he settles on the wicket. So at the beginning the cannon of words ran towards him.
Pujara, however, paid little attention to them. In an interview on Sony Ten TV, the number seven batsman in the Test rankings said that he is safe in the castle of his attention.
“You do face sledging a bit when you start the innings. Once you are set, they don’t really try to bother you much and focus on getting you out. But when they fail to dismiss you and feel frustrated, they again start the verbal volleys. It is basically to disturb the batsman’s concentration,”
“I don’t usually talk back but then there have been occasions when you feel that you need to give it back. However, I try to remain focused and calm because I know what my job is.
“See, sledging is a ploy to break your concentration and I feel that if I try to give it back to them, I might step into their trap. So I try to be in the zone,” the Saurashtra batsman added.
After going to the wicket, all the batsmen try to enter or stay in that ‘zone’. How do pujara find that way? The batsman, who has scored 18 centuries and nearly 6,000 runs in Tests, said that one or two shots can match the path.
“On a lot of occasions, it could be a good backfoot punch or cover drive. Actually, you can find your rhythm even when you are defending. If the ball is hitting your middle of the bat while defending, it gives you a lot of confidence.”