- Temperament, resilience and batting technique– Cheteshwar Pujara has it all
- Dravid opined that the right-hander is exceptional against spin
- Both Pujara and Dravid are quite similar in terms of their batting approach
Pujara is highly regarded for his batting temperament in the longest format.The current No.3 of India is known for gritty approach under pressure situation. Pujara, who took over the No.3 responsibility from Rahul Dravid, has been compared many a time to the Indian legend.
Dravid and Pujara are very similar in their batting approach, an art which has been fading away with the rise in popularity of the shorter formats like T20s.
Rahul Dravid, while opinionating on Pujara’s batting, said that he is the last of a breed of such batsmen as coaches no longer teach kids to bat that way.
Dravid told ESPNcricinfo’s videocast:“There will always be a place for a person like Pujara because his technique will always contribute to the winning of a game”
“He’s the last of a breed. You’re not going to see too many players like that coming through because they’re not going to be taught that way. I don’t think any coach or parent is going to teach someone from the age of 8-10 like the way Pujara’s father taught him… value your wicket, hit it in the V. I don’t think they’re teaching them like that anymore. He’s the last of a generation,” added Dravid.
Pujara is a lethal name in Ranji trophy and has been an important part in his side’s ( Saurashtra) latest success.
“Coming from a place like Saurashtra it was drilled into his head early on that he needed to do much more than other players from bigger cities. Saurashtra has done really well in the last four-five years but before that, they wouldn’t play too many Ranji Trophy semifinals. So he had to make every inning count and that’s the way he has built his batting,” said Dravid.
Talking about Pujara’s defensive technique, Dravid opinionated that the right-hander is exceptional against spin. Dravid also heaped praise on the way how Pujara rotates the strike and uses his feet. Dravid reminisced Pujara’s on-field encounter against Nathan Lyon where the right-hander stepped out nearly every single ball.
“He has got a good technique and a range of shots and he knows that. He knows what he’s strong at,” explained Dravid.
“He is exceptional against spin. He can start slow but once a spinner comes on he’s better than many other guys and even me, and I don’t mean hitting sixes. Just the way he rotates strike and how he uses his feet… I remember he drove Nathan Lyon nuts by stepping out nearly every single ball. And this a world-class bowler we are talking about. Pujara made it so easy and I haven’t seen a lot of people do that,” Dravid, who donned the national jersey in 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and one T20I, said.