Cheteshwar Pujara scored more than 1 thousand runs in county cricket this year
He also scored 624 runs at an average of 89 in the Royal London One Day Cup.
New Delhi. The way Cheteshwar Pujara has batted in England’s county cricket and the Royal London Cup, the one-day tournament there after being out of Team India, surprised everyone. On the basis of this performance, he was also returned to the Indian team for the only Test against England. Since then, he has been performing consistently well. After 2018, he decided to play in the Royal London One Day Cup. He had tied up with Sussex for this. As the captain of Sussex, Pujara batted brilliantly in the tournament. He scored 624 runs in 9 matches at an average of over 89 and a strike rate of 111. During this, he also scored three centuries and two half-centuries.
He finished second in terms of scoring the most runs in the tournament. At the same time, in Division-2 of the County Championship, he finished third in terms of runs. Pujara scored 1094 runs for Sussex in 13 innings of 8 matches at an average of 109. He scored 5 centuries in the entire season.
Speaking to The Cricket Podcast, Pujara revealed that he did not get a chance to play IPL for Chennai Super Kings in 2021 and was not bought by any team in the auction this year. After that I got to learn new things. I felt that I too can play cricket very quickly.
I batted differently in England: Pujara
Pujara further said, ‘It is definitely a different side of my game. there is no doubt about it. The pitch was good in England. It was a bit flat but even on those wickets you have to play aggressively to score runs at a good strike rate. Your thinking must be positive. This is something that I have always worked on. I was a part of CSK a year back and when I didn’t play any match and saw people preparing, I told myself that if I want to play in shorter formats, I have to play big shots and keep my wickets. It has to be made valuable.
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Pujara is counted as a technically strong batsman, he does not play very risky shots on the field. But, he worked hard to improve his own batting according to the ODI format. What aspects of his game he worked on, he also revealed in this podcast.
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He said, ‘I worked on it before the Royal London ODI Cup. I went with Grant and talked to him about my batting. I said there are some shots that I want to work on. When we were training, he told me that I was batting well and playing the shot I was talking about was better. This gave me confidence. I thought that if I keep working on some lofted shots that can help me and if I can execute them, then I can be successful in T20 or ODI format also.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 17, 2022, 17:50 IST