indian batting legend Sunil Garvaska Thumbs up for veteran Cheteshwar Pujara, who said he was lucky for the Indian team. Additionally, he compared him to South African batting legend Hashim Amra.
However, India, beset by batting order issues, got some respite as their senior batsmen Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stepped up in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane both scored half-century at Rangers, helping India set a competitive goal for the Proteas.
Their 111-run partnership on a dodgy pitch helped India set up a 240-run goal for South Africa, with the hosts conceding just three wickets as captain Dean Elgar Smashed 96* and won 7 wickets for his team, drawing level in Series 1-1.
“When I look at him, he reminds me of Hashim. Watching Hashim bat, you know there’s a sense of calm, everything is in control. The ball may be doing things, but there’s that feeling because even On the pitch where the ball is turning, the way Hashem hit the ball in India, it’s almost like, ‘Look, nothing happened’, it’s the same as Cheteshwar Pujara,” Gavasca said on SuperSport.
India won Centurion’s first Test by 130 points, their first victory at the venue. But in the second Test, South Africa beat India for the first time since 1992 in Johannesburg.
Cheteshwar Pujara must have been great in dressing room: Sunil Gavaskar
Cheteshwar Pujara has not scored a Test century since hitting 193 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2019. Although he hit some surprisingly resilient strikes, especially in the 2020-21 Frontier-Gavasca Cup in Australia, he struck physically to keep one end occupied.
His batting in Australia gave the likes of Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin a draw in the Sydney Test and gave them the confidence to chase 329 runs in Brisbane, giving India their second consecutive Test series win in.
Gavaskar further insisted that a player with Pujara’s temperament would be “absolutely fantastic” for the dressing room.
“It’s a very, very good thing to have a player with that temperament in your dressing room. (Probably not) it must be just on the field, but it’s a huge advantage and I think having a player like Cheteshwar Puajra in the dressing room Temperament people are absolutely great because in international cricket people are going to want to do some tense moments this or that or the other. It’s when you have someone who is going to think about it calmly and give you a coherent opinion would make a big difference,” Garvaska said.
Both Pujara and Rahane have the backing of the Indian team and they think it’s only a matter of time before they both score centuries and the best time for them to do this will be in Cape Town, when India and South Africa will be in third place. The field is also in the final clash of the test from January 11th, the series goes live.