Cheteshwar Pujara’s ‘Approach’ After Getting Dropped Is A Subtle Message To Selectors

Feb14,2024






Cheteshwar Pujara, one of India's finest Test batsmen of his generation, is knocking on the doors of the national team despite being out of action. While some others like Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer have not been able to cement their place in the team, Pujara has scored consistently in the Ranji Trophy, which has caught the attention of the selectors. But, it is not always easy to concentrate on the job when a player has been dropped from the national team. But, for Pujara, it is his passion that keeps motivating him.

The experienced Pujara, who has played 103 Tests for India, is already 36 years old, an age where making a comeback into the national team may be considered tough for many. But, the motivation of Saurashtra players knows no limits.

In an interview, Pujara was asked how he prepared himself for the Ranji Trophy after being dropped from the Indian team. His answer in itself is a message to the selectors.

“By playing a competitive club match in Mumbai just before the Ranji season. I love this game very much. I am passionate about it. I scored centuries in that match against Dhawal Kulkarni, Sandeep Sharma, Shams Mulani and Shivam Dubey. My club The team was weak against the opposition. So, I wanted to make sure that I give my best performance and we win the match,” Pujara told Hindustan Times.

“I'm saying this because that's why I play for Saurashtra. I want us to qualify for the Ranji knockouts. It's about having the same passion whether it's Saurashtra, Sussex or my club. Obviously, there is a different pride in playing for the country.” , But you keep working hard. Try and stick to the same routine,” he said.

When asked whether it has become difficult to play in domestic competitions after seeing the pinnacle of international cricket, Pujara once again gave his answer.

“For a cricketer, new peaks keep coming. It's about working on your game, honing it. For the last one and a half years, I have been working on my sweep shots, my reverse sweep and lofted shots. These are the Ranji Sometimes in the Trophy you face tough pitches, where teams get bowled out for 150-200 runs and the match ends in two and a half days. Then it doesn't matter whether you have played 100 Tests or scored 10,000 Test runs. “You are bound to get out. That's when you need some unconventional shots. And it is paying off. I have seen results for myself on tough pitches this season,” he said.

The experienced batsman has scored 673 runs at an average of 74.77 in this Ranji Trophy season. His objective of scoring runs for India is not over yet.

“Definitely”, I am very confident with the way I am batting and maintaining my fitness. Scoring runs in Ranji Trophy is not an easy thing, even if people like to say so. There is no DRS here and decisions do not always go your way. To maintain the score one has to work hard and stay on top of the game. “I hope I can continue to contribute at whatever level I get the opportunity.”

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