Pujara's temperament terrific, says Gavaskar

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:28 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 24: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar lavished praise on India's Cheteshwar Pujara who remained unbeaten on 114 against England on the first day of the Mumbai Test on Friday.

Sunil Gavaskar was totally impressed with Pujara's temperament as he said the 24-year-old showed that he is a complete Test batsman, as he has remained unbeaten in the Test series so far.

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Pujara, who is batting at No 3, replacing Rahul Dravid in the playing XI after the latter retired from international cricket earlier this year, has been compared to Dravid many a times as his batting technique and temperament resembles 'The Wall'.

Having replaced Gautam Gambhir at the crease, Pujara showed everyone that he was there to stay by scoring an unbeaten 114, off 279 balls, as he took an upper hand over Monty Panesar & Co, while other batsmen failed to create an impact.

Pujara's control, concentration, temperament impressed everyone as Gavaskar heaped praised on the youngster saying that he is terrific player.

"The way he build up his innings shows that his temperament is terrific and it is temperament which separates men from boys. He's a terrific player. He has shown that he is a complete Test batsman. After the Ahmedabad Test, he has shown his mettle and he'll be able to do it in abroad as well," he said.

Though the Mumbai track has been assisting spinners from Day One, Sunil Gavaskar admitted that it was a difficult wicket to bat and defended India saying that it's just a matter of time, as batsmen can cope with it.

"If in two Test matches it happens, you start to think what's going wrong. It's not as if they have failed. Look Sehwag is coming into this match with a hundred. It's difficult wicket to bat, there was a lot of spin which is expected in Mumbai," he said.


Story first published:  Saturday, November 24, 2012, 9:18 [IST]
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