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Cheteshwar Pujara ‘s father reiterates trust in his son

Cheteshwar Pujara
Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during the two-day tour match. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

After a torrid performance in the second Test at Kingston, the swinging axes claimed its victim in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara. While the exclusion of Murali Vijay can be found in the amazing performances from KL Rahul, the exclusion of Pujara can only be put down to weak performances from the Saurashtra man in the first two Tests.

However, as he had done during the warm-up matches, Pujara’s father Arvind Pujara, who has been coaching his son since a young age has stated that his son does not get enough competitive match practice. While most have been ignoring Mr. Arvind Pujara’s comments in the recent past, his latest comment about his son struggling due to lack of match time may well be an argument with somewhat sound reasoning.

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In an interview with Times of India, the senior Pujara said, “Since he doesn’t play in the other formats, he doesn’t get enough competitive match practice, which no amount of batting at the nets can replace. It makes him adopt a `safety first approach.’ He wasn’t struggling in either of his innings or getting beaten often. It’s just that he was batting slowly.”

With the Indians not playing international Test matches since the start of the new year until the ongoing West Indies series, Cheteshwar Pujara mostly finds himself ringing the bells of the domestic circuit. While it is important to score at a steady rate in Test cricket too but Pujara losing out the race to accommodate Rohit has irked many Indian fans. It is clear that Rohit Sharma’s place in the side is clearly in doubt due to the fact that he failed with the bat yet again in the first innings at St. Lucia.

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