Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara will play his a centesimal Take a look at match towards Australia on the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi beginning Friday, February 17. And forward of the milestone Take a look at, the best handed batter shared an fascinating story about Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel giving him a tricky time on his first abroad tour.
The 35-year-old turns into the thirteenth Indian participant to attain the feat of taking part in 100 or extra Checks. Former captain Virat Kohli was the final Indian participant to take action. Pujara has been a batting mainstay for India in Checks for greater than a decade. He performed an essential function in India’s Take a look at victory on Australian soil within the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2018-19.
It Is Like Going through A Totally different Problem – Cheteshwar Pujara
Forward of his landmark Take a look at, Cheteshwar Pujara informed an fascinating story of how he struggled with the tempo and bounce of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in his first abroad sequence in South Africa. Pujara mentioned that he requested Rahul Dravid, who’s the present head coach, to assist him and make sure that he succeeds within the tour of South Africa subsequent time.
“In 2010, my first abroad sequence, I had a tricky time. I batted at No. 5 or 6. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been at their peak. I nonetheless bear in mind I spoke to Rahul bhai [Dravid] that I’m discovering it tough as a result of I’ve at all times performed on Indian pitches the place the bounce is low and the tempo is sluggish,” he mentioned.
“And in South Africa, I’m discovering it tough to get acclimatised and it’s like going through a distinct problem altogether. He gave some good recommendation. I labored on it. I ensured that every time I got here to South Africa subsequent, I might do effectively, I needed to achieve success towards these bowlers. That occurred in 2013 in Johannesburg,” he added.
The Saurashtra batter made his Take a look at debut towards Australia on the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on October 9, 2010. He represented India in 99 Take a look at matches and scored 7021 runs at a median of 44.16, together with 19 centuries, 3 double a whole bunch, and 34 fifties.