Test support Cheteshwar Pujara he may have a solid defense technique and textbook strikes, but his recent feats against New Zealand in the World Cup final (WTC) have drawn much criticism. Known for his slow approach to wadding, Pujara received a serious remark on social media because he did not delay “bad deliveries” during his stay in the fold.
Pujara managed only eight tracks in 54 deliveries during the first innings of the match. In fact, it took 36 balls to mark his first tent tracks. No.3, the batsman had a mediocre outcome in the second inning, scoring 80-ball 15 before falling victim to Kyle Jamieson. To make matters worse, Pujara even upset a Ross Taylor catching slips as New Zealand approached the target for the fourth inning of 139.
Veteran South Africa Dale Stein believes that the batsman of Saurasttra has lost his ability to play on his hind legs, leading to a lack of tracks. The last test century of Pujara came in January 2019, during India’s historic victory over Australia.
“Out of memory, I only remember how Pujara played great from his feet. Very, very well from his feet and eyes under the ball. But I remember that he played magically cut blows and moves on his hind legs.
“Maybe on pitches that are a little faster and Indian wickets aren’t fast, he played a few beautiful balls under his eyes through the cover. It’s part of the game that I think he lost,” Steyn told ESPNCricinfo. .
Steyn also said Pujara would have gotten out of Jamieson’s delivery for the crates if she had been back on her feet while punching him.
“This shot, which he played today, if he was in a better position, maybe a few years, would have stood more on his back and punched him through the covers while he was just standing half and a half on his front leg., Very soft dismissal, getting to the first slip, is a very strange way to get out for the top winners, “he said.
During the two-year cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC), Pujara failed to reach the tone and averaged less than 30. He will be seen in action during India’s upcoming series of five tests against England.
“That’s the thing I’ve seen missing in Pujara. I’m so used to him swinging on his back and playing with his hands and good leg movement. He’s kind of lost that part of his game. And if you only stick to front step, good bowling will not give you half a volley.
“And you have to turn good balls into good shots. That’s the difference between test cricket and first-class cricket. It misses a lot of tracks there,” Stein said.