Home > News >

Kapil Dev says it’s too early to compare Cheteshwar Pujara with Rahul Dravid

Cheteswhar Pujara

Cheteswhar Pujara slammed his maiden double ton on Friday against England © PTI

New Delhi: Nov 16, 2012

 

Former India captain Kapil Dev on Friday heaped praises on double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara but said it was too early to say that the Indian team has found Rahul Dravid’s replacement in him.

 

“He has just started. He has shown great temperament but you cannot compare him with Rahul so early. Let him make his own position in the team and name for himself. It is unfair to put him under pressure and say he is the replacement of so and so,” said the 1983 World Cup winning captain.

 

“Rahul gave 15 years to cricket and then became what he is,” added Kapil.

 

Another former skipper, Ajay Jadeja, said he was impressed with Pujara’s hunger for runs.

 

“What stands out for me is someone who is not content. Pujara even after completing his hundred, worked hard to get to the double century. He is showing he wants to get better, and thats a good sign,” said Jadeja.

 

Besides Pujara, Yuvraj Singh, playing his first Test since recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, was the other notable performer on the third day of the opening Test today against England. He scored a fluent 74.

 

But Kapil felt that the talented left-hander should take care of his health first.

 

“He is one of the finest cricketers and he has a long way to go but he must look after his health first and then he can go on playing,” said Kapil.

 

Asked if Yuvraj can sustain this kind of form for long, Jadeja said it was not for anyone else to say or decide but for the player himself.

 

“Cricket is very simple… you play till you can sustain. You play as long as you are good enough and Yuvraj himself will say whether he is good enough to sustain for whatever number of years.

 

“Right now Yuvraj is making a statement and it is not important whosoever is saying what,” insisted Jadeja.

 

On the Ahmedabad pitch, which is tailormade for the Indians, Kapil said the goal is to win the Test.

 

“You must win a Test match and that is important. India must see what is their biggest strength and they should play to that.

 

“But in domestic cricket the wickets should improve. That must be monitored,” Kapil said on the sidelines of the HT Leadership Summit.

 

Asked about Andhra Pradesh High Court’s decision to uphold BCCI’s life ban imposed on Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil said, “I am nobody to say anything on that. Law is law. But it would be good if he comes back and shares his cricketing knowledge with the youngsters.”

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

10 little-known facts about Sir Frank Worrell

Statistical analysis of Jacques Kallis’s ODI career

Ajinkya Rahane England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Jacques Kallis Jacques Kallis retirement James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa

India tour of England 2014: Moeen Ali’s six-for excites coach Peter Moores

Cameron White’s ton powers Australia A to 274/5 against India A in Quadrangular final

Perth Scorechers eye Graeme Smith for Big Bash League 2014-15

Jesse Ryder: I have done stuffs which I shouldn’t have

James Anderson all set to close in on Ian Botham’s record after being given clean chit in ‘Pushgate’ incident

India A vs Australia A 2014, Final: Last chance for future stars to shine

Gary Ballance — the headline writer’s dream and the correspondent’s nightmare

An open letter to Pankaj Singh

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Should Umesh Yadav be sent as cover for Ishant Sharma?

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

Exclusive: I can never match up to Karan Johar says Niranjan Iyengar

Shah Rukh Khan: I want to continue working as long as I live

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here