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09-Aug to 28-Aug
Cheteshwar Pujara should be India\'s no.3 in Tests

Verdict

A good number 3 batsman requires a balanced mix of talent, technique and temperament. Pujara already has the talent and technique. In his knock of 159 against NZ he clearly displayed all the qualities of an ideal no. 3 but only consistent performances will help him anchor his place in the team. Virat Kohli who has been consistent at the no.3 position in ODI matches also has the 3 Ts. Both of them have big boots to fill in after the departure of Laxman and Dravid. Pujara lacks experience but he proved himself against NZ. For now Pujara should be given a run at no. 3 as he is looking in good form.
42.22 % Defend
57.78 % Attack
“ Pujara has the record and numbers to speak for him ”
“ It's experience that counts for a no.3 ”
Tania Dey: He was India A's best performer on the tour of West Indies. He played a captain's knock, batting with the tail to win us the first game while the rest of the batsmen struggled to put bat on ball.

Pujara's domestic cricket scores are the kind that have not been seen since VVS Laxman was hitting triple hundreds for fun and making the selectors take notice.

A number 3 has to be your most technically sound and temperamental batsman who can handle any condition and has an appetite for big, 150+ scores. Pujara ticks all those boxes and importantly, has proved himself in Tests once before.

Given that India only play at home for the next two seasons, he should be given a long enough run so that he's comfortable in his role by the time we begin our next round of overseas tours.
Monish Moorthy: A no.3 has the toughest job among Test batsmen. A batsman has to have multiple gears he can operate on and should be able to change the pace of his innings against any opposition. He could come in to play the second ball of a Test or after a whole day of watching the openers pile on runs.

These are all different situations and an experienced campaigner would do better than a relative greenhorn such as Pujara. He also has a poor fitness record over the past 3 years.

India should instead try promoting Kohli to no.3 and play Pujara/Raina at no.6.

Alternatively we could pick a new opener from Rahane/Mukund/Vijay and have Gautam Gambhir bat at no.3, he is India's most solid batsman at the moment with years to go.
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15 Opinions
he deserves it
27 Aug 2012
he is better player in test he should be played 3rd in test he is playing better than sachin tendulkar
25 Aug 2012
Pujara is a better bet at number 3 because he is more suited for the Dravid sheet anchor role than Kohli does. Kohli is a stroke-player and now that VVS has retired, Kohli should be given a chance to own number 5 at least for one year.
20 Aug 2012
actually kohli is the best youngster on whom our team can depend in future...so he deserves no.3 position
19 Aug 2012
Puraja is a bestsmen he played very nic against West Indies
19 Aug 2012
pujara is technically good and he has ability to built long partnerships . moreover he proved against australia with his 80 score and moreover his records speak much his triple hundreds involved his balnced nature ,sticking to creasse for a long tym nand ability to to hit shots. he is perfect for no :3 position.
19 Aug 2012
virat kohli
19 Aug 2012
He has an excellent talent in him which he already exhibited. The thing is that he will be fitting the no.6 position when Virat Takes the no.3 Position. Virat is having an excellant record at No.3 In ODI but Pujara has a great record too
16 Aug 2012
kohli should take for tests at no.3 because he is good form it is a perfect time to do experiments against kohli
12 Aug 2012
he is the best in man can get so he should be
11 Aug 2012
this is not a tough one ..... keeping in mind the present scenario , there's no better man than virat kohli to fill that spot
11 Aug 2012
virat should be in no:3
11 Aug 2012
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11 Aug 2012
i agree he must be included
11 Aug 2012
I think he totally has both talent and temperament which a quality test batsman needs to have. We need to give Pujara chances so that he can prove himself as he has some played some great cricket on the First Class level.
10 Aug 2012
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20 Opinions
virat is best than pujara
27 Aug 2012
its not the numbers that count its the experience that matters at the end of the day.
27 Aug 2012
virat is best at tht place...
21 Aug 2012
actually kohli is the best youngster on whom we can depend in our future..so he deserves no.3 position definately not pujara
19 Aug 2012
VIRAT KOHLI
19 Aug 2012
virat kohli
19 Aug 2012
India should instead try promoting Kohli to no.3 and play Pujara/Raina at no.6.
19 Aug 2012
virat ill be best at no: 3 in test ,,, pujara can replace for VVs bhai.....
19 Aug 2012
i will prefer virat or someone else at number 3....not pujara...ds place need very tough nd i dont think he has proved himself dat much to own dat place of dravid!!!!
19 Aug 2012
1. SEHWAG 2. GAMBHIR 3. SACHIN 4.KOHLI
19 Aug 2012
Virat kohli is much more deserving for the no. 3 position...he has proved it that no one apart from him deserves the place left empty by Rahul Dravid...he is India's best bet in all formats at present!
12 Aug 2012
In current situation, Virat Kohli is the best fit. Pujara coming after a long break, but Virat Kohli in supreme touch.
12 Aug 2012
there are other talents
11 Aug 2012
yep! experience really matters at NO.3 hope sachin or vvs come up the order.
11 Aug 2012
Virat Kohli is more better option !
11 Aug 2012
right now pujara is very young and virat is capable of being in no.3 slot
11 Aug 2012
Pujara doesn't have the experience behind him. He should propably play at no.6 and Virat should play at no.3
11 Aug 2012
I agree with monish, but i dont think gambir should play in 3rd because ofcourse he is a classi batsmen in any order but any team open it needs a solid start, i dont think anyone else provides that solid start to india rather than gambhir
10 Aug 2012
I think Kohli must have No 3 position in tests. This NZ series would be ideal because of the brilliant form he is at this point..
10 Aug 2012
Agree with my friend Monish. Number 3 spot has to be earned with experience.
10 Aug 2012