5 Players who can replace Cheteshwar Pujara in the Indian Test side
Pujara wasn't at his best in the recently-concluded World Test Championship.
Updated - Jun 30, 2021 9:52 am
Cheteshwar Pujara forms an invaluable part of India’s Test side. The right-hander has been an asset for the Indian side since his debut as he is considered as the ‘Wall of the Indian Cricket’ after Rahul Dravid. However, Pujara failed to impress in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship.
The last 24 months saw the 33-year-old failing to produce any significant knock. In 18 matches of the WTC, the veteran scored 841 runs at an average of 28. Pujara’s strike rate of less than 35 has also been subjected to a lot of criticism.
In addition, India’s loss to New Zealand in the final of WTC by eight wickets brought Pujara’s failures in limelight. There are many in the cricket fraternity who believes that now it’s time for the stalwart to step down for the younger players to come forward and showcase their talent.
In this article, let’s take a look at five players who can potentially replace Cheteshwar Pujara in the Indian setup:
1. KL Rahul
One of the prominent names in the line to make their Indian Test comeback is KL Rahul. In the recent past, Rahul has proven himself as a dependable batsman by scoring runs for India in almost all the games in the limited-overs format. Thus, the possibilities of Rahul performing well while wealing at number three in the purest format are sky-high.
What makes KL a more convenient option is his Test stats in England. Playing the purest format of the game on English soil, Rahul boasts of having an average of 30 and a strike rate of 66. Making his debut in December 2014 against Australia, Rahul has featured in 36 Test matches thus far.
In those games, the right-hander has picked as many as 2006 runs at an average of 34.6 and strike rate of 56.5.