Pujara can score at a faster rate, says Gavaskar

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Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 15:19 [IST]
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Ahmedabad, Nov 20: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, on Monday said that young Cheteshwar Pujara can be considered for the shorter format as well after a good stint in the longer version of the game.

Try playing Pujara in ODIs: Gavaskar

Try playing Pujara in ODIs: Gavaskar

Pujara, who scored 206 in the first innings and 41 in the second, played fabulously in the first Test against England, while he also outscored Sehwag, in terms of scoring runs, as he was collecting runs quickly.

When asked Sunil Gavaskar about the same, the former Indian skipper said the Saurashtra batsman can be tried for shorter formats as well.

"Something that certainly can be given a try, because he has got the basics right. If you have the basics right then expanding your shot-making capabilities is not so much of a problem," Gavaskar said.

Moroever, he also added that playing in the shorter version of the game, gives a player a lot of freedom to go for shots and collect runs quickly which generally boosts the confidence of the cricketer.

Sunil Gavaskar also pointed out that Pujara, needs time to settle down before going for shots, which is probably the reason for not being promoted in the order, as he has always been under pressure to perform when he comes in to bat while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

"You have the licence to play lot more shots in the limited overs cricket than in Test cricket. It is just a matter of confidence. He has been in the IPL teams... He hasn't really got an opening. Even there he bats down the order, where he has got to come in and start hitting the ball in the air soon enough. That is not something that he is comfortable with," he told a channel.

Gavaskar heaped praise on the youngster, as he remained unbeaten in both the innings, which also earned him the man of the match award, as his innings helped India win the first Test match against England by 9 wickets.

"What he showed by hitting the ball down the ground and getting boundaries, he can also score at a fast pace," Gavaskar added.


Story first published:  Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 11:51 [IST]
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