Home > Features >

Cheteshwar Pujara adds another feather to his cap

Cheteshwar Pujara adds another feather to his cap

Cheteshwar Pujara’s biggest test will come when India play overseas © PTI

By Vidooshak

The most heartening sight about the ongoing Hyderabad Test match between India and Australia has been the crowds. The fact that over 28,000 on Sunday and close to 18,000 on Monday came to watch the Test is good news for Test cricket in India. There had been intense speculation about interest in this format since the batting greats like Sourav Ganguly Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman left the scene. It was heartening to see people show up to watch Cheteshwar Pujara bat in the stadium.

Talking of Pujara, l have to confess I’m awestruck by the way he goes about his batting. I had written about his unhurried approach, playing the ball on merit regardless of match situation, etc. He added another feather to his cap with his fortitude on Sunday to bat through injury. Even though only 49 runs were scored in the morning session on Sunday I wasn’t bored. Unlike Dravid grinding bowlers down by playing no shots, Pujara’s batting has a good tempo to it. This is not to suggest that Dravid was a lesser batsman; just comparing their effect on my senses.

Pujara’s big test will obviously come abroad. If he can come close to changing the courses of test matches the way Dravid did in that period from 2003 to 2006, then he is it. He has already done enough at home. India are one batsman away from being able to take the fight to the bowlers overseas in my opinion.

Virender Sehwag may well have played his last Test for India as an opener. He did get a good ball, but openers are supposed to deal with those. If it does go, it will be a sad ending to an electrifying career.

Ajinkya Rahane must get a game now. Vijay has bought himself more time. If he follows up this one with another good one in the next couple of Test matches, he would well and surely have arrived. But I wasn’t mightily impressed with the way he batted. He was effective, but could not impose himself at any time on the bowlers.

Mumbai Indians will be pleased with their purchase of Glenn Maxwell. I thought despite his poor start and occasional lack of control (possibly due to inexperience in Indian conditions), he bowled smartly. Switching to round the wicket was a good tactic, though the lack of rough would have normally suggested it to be a poor choice. He isn’t as good as Nathan Lyon, but I thought he has that Greg Matthews kind of feel to him.

This match is pretty much in India’s bag. Besides Michael Clarke, someone from the Australian batting line-up must step up to make a statement. Like Laxman’s 167 in the doomed Sydney Test years ago.

David Warner has been a huge letdown. One was hoping for some feisty batting from him. Phil Hughes is clueless against spin. And there are no batsmen to follow Clarke. Moises Henriques, Mathew Wade and Maxwell can chip in, but not own the batting except on the odd good day. And Shane Watson hasn’t shown us yet that he cares enough to grind, grunt and grit out tough sessions of play.
 
(Vidooshak is a blogger @ Opinions on Cricket . He was drawn into cricket by Golandaaz as a schoolboy. His bluster overshadows his cricketing ability. He played as a wicket-keeper in a college team but was promptly dropped. The college selection committee had slightly higher standards than Pakistani selectors. He did reasonably well in tennis ball cricket until he was benched for a final game by the team that he captained. To say some of it was due to his opinions would be an understatement of sorts. Regardless, Vidooshak finds time to opinionate relentlessly and lives a vicarious life by watching cricket teams make obvious mistakes. Good news for Vidooshak is that someone always loses a cricket game, someone always gets belted and someone always flops. Vidooshak always looks for an alternative explanation and rarely agrees with mainstream consensus. Needless to say he has no friends, only ‘tolerators’! While not throwing his weight around, Vidooshak does not run marathons or draw pictures, but reads voraciously on all topics, volunteers at local failing schools, is an avid but average golfer and runs an Indian association in mid-west America)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

Live Cricket Score India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Australia win by 4 wickets, take 2-0 lead in the series

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: Samuels and Chanderpaul rebuild for West Indies

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

Live Cricket Score: South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15, 1st Test at Centurion, Day 4

Live Scorecard: South Africa vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 4, at Centurion

Live Streaming: South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 4, at Centurion

India vs Australia 2014-15 Day 4 Brisbane: Ishant Sharma disappointed over lack of vegetarian dish on menu at lunch

Australia beat India by 4 wickets in 2nd Test at Brisbane; take unassailable 2-0 series lead

Indian batsmen outdone by Australian bowlers and umpiring howlers

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Marks out of 10 for Kiwis

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail tales

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail ought to take leaf out of Australian tail’s book

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India’s pathetic bowling performance, Mitchell Johnson’s onslaught and other highlights

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here