Ahead of India’s tough tour Down Under, middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara turned to Rahul Dravid for advice regarding his batting technique.
The 26-year-old is key to India’s success against Australia in the Test series. Pujara, who is seen as a natural successor of Rahul Dravid at the number three slot in India’s batting line-up was found wanting on the tour of England.
The Rajkot-lad could accumulate only 222 runs from five Tests at an average of 22.20 scoring just one half-century against England. Hence, the series against Australia will test Pujara’s mettle in terms of coping with a hostile bowling attack away from home.
Speaking about his interaction with Dravid, Star Sports quoted the Saurashtra batsman saying, “I have spoken to Rahul Dravid about the conditions in Australia. Someone of his caliber and experience will always point out those minor issues, which otherwise may get missed. His approach towards the game is exemplary.”
A good show in Australia will only establish that Pujara’s performance in England was just a blip and that he is the right choice to bat at number three for India in Tests as she showed in South Africa where he scored a hundred and a half-century in tough conditions.
“I want to keep things simple and concentrate on what I need to do to score runs rather than think about the opposition’s bowlers. Overall as a batsman, I need to be sure of which areas I can score runs and which deliveries I need to leave alone. That is going to be my focus instead of the bowler I am facing,” he said.
There is no denying that after his failures in New Zealand and England, Pujara will be under tremendous pressure to be among the runs in Australia. However, facing the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle is a daunting task for any batsman in the world.
But, Pujara firmly believes that technique is his biggest asset. Apart from that, the right-hander has played in Australia before with the India A side. More importantly, he feels the time spent with Derbyshire towards the end of English county season will hold him in good stead in Australia.