Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the team for the home test series against Sri Lanka earlier this year after his drop in form. However, the seasoned cricketer made a comeback for the rescheduled fifth Test against England, having scored runs en masse in County Cricket, as well as in the domestic circuit. Former India batsman Mohammed Kaif was full of praise for Pujara, saying the veteran set an example for young players as he did not give up hope after being dropped.
Kaif said the selectors made a mistake dropping Pujara, and the batter made them surrender with his performance.
“The way he scored points after falling he set an example for young players on how to make a comeback. He went on to play County cricket, he scored for centuries in four-day matches and 50-over matches, which the selectors to call him back. He made the selectors surrender for him,” Kaif told NDTV during an interaction hosted by Sony Sports Network.
Kaif also suggested that the Indian team needs players like Pujara who can hit pace as well as spin-friendly tracks, adding that age is just a number for a player of his calibre.
“Age has nothing to do with cricket. It’s a game of skill. It’s not football where you have to run up and down continuously during the game. Age is even a plus. You learn with experience and get better.” Pujara, Kohli and Rohit and excellent examples. Test cricket is a skill based format, you have to play for days and for that you need experience. You need players who can spin, as well as stitch tracks, and you only get better with time. Pujara is a good example,” he added.
India will take on Bangladesh in a two-match test series on Wednesday, December 14.
India captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the first match due to a thumb injury.
In his absence, KL Rahul will lead the team while Pujara will replace.
Watch the LIVE coverage of Bangladesh vs India – 1st Test on Sony Sports Ten 5 Channels from December 14th to 18th at 9:00am IST
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