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Pujara slams criticis for constantly pinching about strike-rate


India’s Cheteshwar Pujara has been criticised a few times in his career for his slow strike-rate, but the experienced batsman finally broke his silence to reply to his critics


Cheteshwar Pujara has been India’s vital man since a long time when it comes to Test cricket, but he never managed to make it to the limited-overs format in the national side. His playing style and slow strike-rate has played a major part in it and has often been criticized for it. Pujara’s batting strike-rate is close to 46 in the longer format of the game.

However,  the Rajkot-born batsman remains unfazed by all the outside chatter and clears the air for once and for all that he has got full backing of the team management which understands the ‘importance’ of his style of play.

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“I don’t think there is too much talk (on the inside). In media, it is described differently but the team management has been backing me on this completely. There is no pressure from the captain, coach or anyone else,” he said.

The 32-year old batsman also spoke about his limitations as a batsman and agreed that he cannot play like David Warner or Virender Sehwag, who can take on the bowlers right from the word go.

“I know I can’t be a David Warner or Virender Sehwag but if a normal batsman takes time there is nothing wrong in that. The question that was asked on social media (during Ranji final) was ‘why am I taking so long to score X number of runs’? Whether I pay attention to that, no, I don’t. My job is to make sure that the team wins at all times.”

“People have this tendency to pinpoint one person but it is just not about me. If you look at any Test series where I have scored runs and taken little bit of time, the opposition batsmen, most of them, have consumed same number of balls,” he concluded.

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