Adaptability is the key: Cheteshwar Pujara
Despite being out of cricketing action for more than a month, Saurashtra’s Cheteshwar Pujara made his comeback in fine fashion, albeit in the T20 version of the game.
Pujara, who is considered as a ‘Test’ batsman, struck a fine half century for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Kings XI Punjab in an IPL game on Monday, and proved that he can adapt to the ‘Slam Bang’ version of the game as well.
Though a late David Miller assault took the game away from RCB, Pujara opens up with ‘IPL T20.com’ about IPL, Chris Gayle and switching from Test to T20 cricket.
Q) How do you feel after scoring your maiden IPL fifty?
A) I was feeling a bit shaky at the start of the innings, but with Chris(Gayle) looking in fine knick at the other end, I could take time to play my shots. Also, a stint at the NCA(National Cricket Academy) really helped me get back to full fitness after the injury.
Q) Is Chris Gayle the ideal opening partner?
A) He really hits the ball well. Having him as the opening partner is a big plus, for he can dominate the opposition bowling with ease, which takes the pressure of scoring runs quickly off your back.
Q) How did you make the switch from Test to T20 cricket?
A) Adaptability is the key.Though the basic technique of batting remains the same, you need to have the ability to score quick runs in T20 cricket, for that is what is really required in this version of the game.
Q) How is Virat Kohli as captain?
A) Kohli is a supportive captain and batsman, and always encourages us to give it our best shot. Playing under Kohli is really a good learning experience as he makes up for a wonderful colleague as well!
Q) Did you get inspired by Rahul Dravid?
A) Yes, Dravid has always been an inspiration for me, as despite not being a classic T20 player, he has adapted his technique and succeeded in this format of the game as well!
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