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In last few months, there have been plenty of questions over Cheteshwar Pujara‘s batting strike-rate. The talks over the topic of his strike-rate began during India‘s tour of West Indies for a four-Test series in July. Pujara got to play only in two Tests of the series in which he scored 16 and 46 respectively. Experts did not raise questions on Pujara not being able to score, infact they took the different angle by going with his batting strike-rate. In those two innings of that series, Pujara scored at the strike-rate of 23.88 and 28.93 respectively, which brought some criticism towards him.

Since then, Pujara has always ensured that his strike-rate does not get too low on every single occasion. On Thursday, in the ongoing second Test between India and England at Visakhapatnam, Pujara scored another Test ton, which was also his third consecutive hundred in Tests at an impressive rate of 58.33. Post match, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly quashed talks over his strike-rate while speaking to India Today. All this talk about Pujara’s strike-rate is rubbish and I agree with Anil [Kumble] that strike-rates are only for bowlers and not for batsmen. His strike-rate is better than anybody else in the team.”

Well, after some research, it came to notice that Pujara’s strike-rate has always been above 50 in his 9 out of 10 Test hundreds. Also, three from those nine centuries came at the strike-rate of above 60. Ganguly further added more in support of Pujara and said, “You need someone at No. 3 who can change his game according to conditions and Pujara is that batsman. I again repeat he is a must at No. 3 for India and you have to show faith in him.

He also opened up on the topic of Amit Mishra’s exclusion from the side in second Test by saying, A bit harsh on Mishra to get dropped and I feel he bowled well in the second innings of Rajkot (1st) Test. I can understand from where the team management is coming with England having five left-handers. At times you pick horses for courses but the message has to be clear to Mishra that he was not dropped for poor form.