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Cheteshwar Pujara’s strength is his mental toughness, technique: Dilip Vengsarkar

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Cheteshwar Pujara may stabilize the Indian batting line-up in ODIs © PTI

Feb 23, 2014

Cheteshwar Pujara’s calm and composed batting style may just help the Indian batting line-up in their quest for stability ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand.

“Pujara’s strength is his mental toughness and technique. India’s batting line-up will be richer with his presence. His ability to play against the moving ball will be a great asset,” said former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar  who was speaking to the Hindustan Times.

“The first step will be about deciding on his batting position. Pujara has played two One-dayers and both under Virat Kohli in Zimbabwe. He was made to open the innings but couldn’t get going. “I think he should ideally bat at No 3. I feel he can anchor the innings from that position,” added Vengsarkar.

Batting at Number three seems to be the ideal position for Pujara as he can provide an ideal foil for the batsmen to follow and will also not be exposed to the new ball early on during the innings.

The conditions in Australia and New Zealand will definitely help the pacers and Pujara has the game to hold the innings together in such bowler-friendly conditions which will do a world of good for the Indian batting.

Pujara’s biggest strength is in playing both the pacers and spinners with equal ease and the latest new ball rule may well help the 26 year old in contributing to the team in terms of runs.

Pujara can also play ground strokes with considerable ease and also has the ability to switch gears as the situation demands.

The upcoming Asia Cup 2014 tournament may well be an excellent opportunity for the Indian think-tank to play Pujara as a batsman who can anchor the innings which may prove to be an ideal preparation ahead of the World Cup.

Though he can definitely make a mark in terms of his batting, the main challenge for Pujara will be in the fielding department as he would have to match up with the agilest of fielders in the Indian team in order to stake a claim for a World Cup spot.

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