Cheteshwar Pujara backed his skipper saying that Kohli was never disrespectful towards anyone and that’s his nature and that is how he should be.
Cheteshwar Pujara backed his skipper saying that Kohli was never disrespectful towards anyone and that’s his nature and that is how he should be.

Virat Kohli’s brashness was one of the major talking points during India’s tour of Australia and as the Kohli-led team asserted its dominance over Australia in the own backyard, the home media and former players were on Kohli’s case for his on-field aggressiveness, even going to the extent of stating that the Indian skipper was disrespectful towards the game. (ALSO READ: Even Sachin Tendulkar scored just 50 runs in 150 balls, there is nothing wrong in batting slow: Cheteshwar Pujara)

However, Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara backed his skipper saying that Kohli was never disrespectful towards anyone and that’s his nature and that is how he should be.(ALSO READ: Cheteshwar Pujara reveals the best sledge from an Australian player)

“He can behave the way he wants to as long as he respects the game. He hasn’t been disrespectful to anyone else. Sledging is something which he likes at times. And there is nothing wrong in that,” Pujara told the Times of India. (ALSO READ: Pujara bats and bats, and then bats some more, to give India advantage)

On being a asked about the clash of personalities between him and his skipper, Pujara said that Kohli’s understands what is required to win and has even taken his suggestions during the game. (ALSO READ: Gritty Pujara keeps India alive at Adelaide)

“Not at all,” said Pujara, adding, “Ultimately, he (Kohli) also understands what is required to win. Many times I’ve given him suggestions and he has been more than willing to accept them. He might have a different personality but that’s his nature.” (ALSO READ: Pujara reiterates value of thrift and circumspection)

Pujara though did concede that the Australian media also plays their part in playing mind games against opposition teams alongside the players. (ALSO READ: Pujara’s impact monumental in India’s maiden series win in Australia)

“Even their media is always supporting their team. If you make any error, they always let the opponents know. So, as an Indian player, if there’s something wrong, or even if there is a minor discussion in the team, and if their media-person gets to know, then they’ll always go behind that player. It’s part of their strategy, which we understand. There’s a little bit of sledging which is going on. But luckily, I’m someone who doesn’t get affected. In fact, I get motivated when they try and sledge me,” added Pujara, who scored 521 runs in the four-match series at an average of 74.42.