'Can't be Sehwag or Warner': Cheteshwar Pujara on his strike-rate
Indian Test cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara has claimed he knows his batting style and so does the team management. Pujara has often been scrutinized regarding his strike-rate in the game and his inability to accelerate despite getting set at the crease. Recently, in the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 final, Pujara slammed a 237-ball 66. Here's what he said.
Pujara claimed that there is no pressure on him to score quickly and rather he is backed to play his own game. "I don't think there is too much talk (on the inside). In media, it is described differently but the team management has been backing me on this completely. There is no pressure from the captain, coach or anyone else," Pujara told PTI.
Pujara felt there was unnecessary chatter on social media during the Ranji final on his scoring. "The question that was asked on social media (during Ranji final) was 'why am I taking so long to score X number of runs'? Whether I pay attention to that, no, I don't. My job is to make sure that the team wins at all times."
"I just want to clarify that when it comes to strike-rate people start pointing towards team management's take on it but there is no pressure on me at all. The team management understands my style of play and its importance," he said.
Pujara agreed that he cannot be scoring quickly like a David Warner or a Virender Sehwag. However, he pointed out that there is nothing wrong in taking a bit of time in red-ball cricket. "I know I can't be a David Warner or Virender Sehwag but if a normal batsman takes time there is nothing wrong in that," he claimed.