Legendary batsman Brian Lara has opined that India’s No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara. They must improve his strike rate as he bats as well gradually. Lara feels Pujara must attempt and score at a rate that is more beneficial for the team.
So, India No 3 has drawn fire in the past as well for his scoring rate. Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting has been one of the subjects of discussion in the past. And then with many arguing that his approach puts weight on his partners. In addition, the hand’s momentum to the resistance.
Former West Indies captain and amazing batsman Brian Lara also criticized Pujara for batting too slowly.
Discussing Cheteshwar Pujara’s strike rate in Test cricket, batting legend Brian Lara on ‘Follow The Blues’ exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar, said: “Pujara, definitely for me, I mean as a batsman, I am not the same as a player, that ability to be so patient and score at such a low strike rate.
“So, for me, if I was a coach or if I was someone that wanted Pujara to improve, I would try to create a lot more shots and try to score a strike rate that is more beneficial to him and the team”, Cheteshwar Pujara also said.
However, the 30-year-old, after India’s historic series win in Australia, prior to this year said. “Strike rate conversations are overrated. There are times when balls confronted matter a lot more than runs scored.”
Brian Lara does accept that Pujara’s approach. He was helped India in the past and there is a reason why. And he is Virat Kohli’s team’s Test batting pillar.
“He does the job, and I know the job he does, but I just feel that. When you bat that slowly, there are a lot of momentum swings in your innings. And you allow the bowlers so many deliveries at yourself. Even before you get to three figures that you are going to find yourself coming up short a lot of times,” said Lara.
The 3rd Test series of the five-match between India and England. It will be starting on Wednesday at Headingley in Leeds.