Cheteshwar Pujara completing a century for Sussex.© Twitter
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was in top form for Sussex in the One Day Cup. Known as a Test specialist, Pujara scored 624 runs in nine matches, including three centuries and two fifties, scoring 112 runs at an average of around 90. He has played only five ODIs in his career so far. Although he has been picked by a few teams of the Indian Premier League, Pujara has not been able to make it to the playing XI. He was last picked in the IPL by Chennai Super Kings in 2021 but did not play a single match.
During a recent interaction, Pujara revealed how CSK’s failure inspired him to add a new dimension to his batting.
“It’s definitely a different side of my game. No doubt about it. The pitches were good, a little flat but even on those surfaces, you have to be intent on scoring at a high strike-rate. It’s something that I have always worked,” said Pujara ‘The Cricket Podcast’,
“I was part of CSK a year ago from the last time and when I didn’t play any game and saw people preparing, I told myself that if I want to play in the shorter format, I need to be a little more fearless. I always used to give big rewards on my wicket, but I in shorter formats, you still want to play your shots in your game,” he said.
Pujara further revealed how batting coach Grant Flower helped him add a different layer to his batting in the shorter formats.
“I worked on it before the Royal London One-Day Cup. I went with Grant and talked to him about some shots that I want to work on. When we were training, he told me I would give him a shot. Executing really well and it gave me confidence. I thought if I can continue working on some high shots that can help me and if I can execute those, then I can go for shorter formats. I can be successful too.”
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