India vs New Zealand: Aakash Chopra brought up the issue of viewpoint. For Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli‘s batting performances, he was asked, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” In India’s opening innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Mumbai, both senior hitters recorded failures. Cheteshwar Pujara hit 47 off 97 balls, while Virat Kohli took 36 off 84 deliveries. And then both teams were unable to convert a promising start. In addition, they are in the middle of a two-year-old century drought.
Chopra responded on the former, saying that a 47 isn’t a terrible score. It also shows Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure to succeed in the big leagues. He said the No. 3 batter is now “doing just enough” to keep his spot on the squad. In addition, from a long-term standpoint. And his lack of centuries is just complicating matters.
India vs New Zealand: “Is the glass half full or half empty? … He has certainly scored runs, albeit missed his half-century. He couldn’t open his account in the first innings so 47 in the second innings is not a bad return. From one point of view, it’s OK that he has got some runs under his belt. But the fact is that he didn’t score a century here either. And if that won’t happen, the way forward will be very tough,” Aakash Chopra said.
“I think he’s doing alright, he’s doing just enough to stay in the side. You also want to give him a longer rope. But when you look at the bigger picture then you feel that it’s high time he scored runs and centuries,” Chopra added.
India vs New Zealand: Furthermore, when it comes to Virat Kohli, Chopra says his situation differs from Cheteshwar Pujara’s. He added that, unlike Pujara, Kohli’s contribution to the Indian squad comes from “somewhere or the other” because he plays all forms. Whose lack of runs in the single format in which he competes affects his case the most.
“Lastly, his case is different from Kohli’s because we see Kohli play every week… He plays all formats so the wheel keeps moving, runs keep coming from somewhere or the other. When you play continuously, you make those important contributions, and the century will come,” Aakash Chopra said.