Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s Test specialist, has wowed fans with his outstanding batting in the current county championships. Especially those who predicted that the Saurashtra batter would never make an impact in ODI cricket.
He finally proved them wrong when he turned up for Sussex in the Royal London ODI series with all guns blazing.
He finished as the county side’s second-highest run-getter, accounting for 1094 runs in 13 innings at an average of 109.40. This included three centuries: 132 against Middlesex off 90 balls, 107 against Warwickshire, and 174 against Sussex.
Furthermore, the Saurashtra batter decided to host a fun Twitter AMA in which his fans bombarded him with questions.
In one such incident, Pujara was asked how was his experience playing with Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan. “What did you feel when you played with Mohammad Rizwan in county?,” ask one Twitter user.
“I enjoyed my time with him, he is a very nice guy and a talented cricketer,” replied Pujara.
Pujara signed a contract with Sussex to play in the English County Championship and the Royal London One-Day Tournament after being dropped from the Sri Lanka Tests at home.
He took the place of Australia batter Travis Head, who had withdrawn due to increased international commitments while expecting his first child.
At the same time, Sussex had signed Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who had arrived in London following his country’s ongoing Test series against Australia.
“Enjoyed Leading” says Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara, an Indian batter, has said that his current stint with Sussex in County cricket has improved his game and that he is enjoying leading a group of young, talented players as captain.
When asked if his county stint had helped him improve his game in another Q&A, Pujara replied, “Of course.”
In another question a fan asked about his experiences as Sussex’s skipper in the One Day Cup, Pujara replied, “I have enjoyed leading a young and talented group of players, their willingness to learn and get better has been a key factor to make the experience even better.”
Sussex is doing really well in the ongoing One Day Cup. It is on the top of Group A table with 12 points, having won six out of its eight games and losing two.
Asked about change in his batting which has led to his scoring runs at a brisk pace, Pujara said that he is more fearless in his approach and has added a few more shots in his game.
“I am more fearless in my approach and added a few more shots in my game,” he added.