Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer led India to a strong aggregate of 278/6 against Bangladesh on Day 1 of the First Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif stated that Cheteshwar Pujara’s name should come to Virat Kohli, but he was dropped from the Indian squad.
The visitors were on the verge of a shock at-bat collapse, having been reduced to 48 for 3 at one stage, but Cheteshwar Pujara showed admirable patience and forged crucial partnerships to save India. Pujara scored a brilliant 90 off 203 balls and looked set to end his 50-inning century drought in Test cricket before being dismissed by left arm spinner Taijul Islam.
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He forced the voters to surrender in front of him – Mohammad Kaif
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has said he forced the selectors to ‘surrender’ for him. Kaif claims he has shown young players how to make a comeback.
“The way he scored runs after falling he has set an example for young players on how to make a comeback. He was dropped after scoring 6 and a half thousand runs. Virat Kohli ke baad unhi ka number hai boss (His name should come after Virat Kohli) but he was dropped,’ Kaif said in a selected media interaction hosted by Sony Sports Network.
“What did he do? He went to play County cricket, he scored centuries in four-day matches and 50-over games, which led the selectors to recall him. Unhone bola ‘bhai ghalti ho gayi, humein maaf karo’ (The selectors said ‘please forgive us’). He made the selectors surrender before him. That’s Pujara,” he added.
Age has nothing to do with cricket – Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif believes that cricket is a skill based game and age has nothing to do with cricket. He stated that as long as Pujara is fit and scoring points for India, his age should not be an issue.
“I am very happy today and not worried about not getting a three-digit mark. I hit well and if I keep going like this it will come soon. Age has nothing to do with cricket. It is a skill based game. It’s not football, where you have to run up and down continuously during the game. Age is indeed a plus. You learn through experience and improve.”
“Pujara, Kohli and Rohit and excellent examples. You talk about all the legends, they are all between 34 and 35 years old. Test cricket is a skill based format, you have to play for a long time and for that you need experience. You need players who can turn and follow tracks, and you’ll only get better with time. Pujara is a good example.” he added.
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