Pujara shouldn't be compared with Dravid: Jones

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Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:37 [IST]
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Hyderabad, Mar 5: Australia's Dean Jones on Monday stated that one should not compare Cheteshwawr Pujara to Rahul Dravid since the Saurashtra batsman has not been tried overseas.

Despite scoring a double century against Australia in the first innings of the second Test at Hyderabad, Dean Jones cautioned saying that he has not been picked for overseas Tests since 2010-11 against South Africa.

Don't compare Pujara to Dravid: Jones

After proving his stance overseas, the Saurashtra batsman who has a solid batting technique could be compared to Rahul Dravid, who retired from international cricket in March last year.

"Let's not put pressure (on Pujara) by comparing him to Dravid. He has a solid defence, but that has to be tested overseas," Jones was quoted as saying by NDTV.

The only time Cheteshwar Pujara played overseas Tests, was in 2010-11 against South Africa. During the three-match series, Pujara made just 31 including 19, his highest score in a low scoring match at Kingsmead, Durban as India won by 87 runs, after Harbhajan and Zaheer Khan guided India to a victory.

Ever since that tour, Cheteshwar Pujara has been dominating the domestic circuit, having piled up runs whenever offered with a chance to play. The 25 year old from Rajkot has represented India in 10 Tests and has secured 813 runs with a highest score of 206* against England at an average of 58.07.

While India is scheduled to tour South Africa later this year, Dean Jones feels Pujara would be a different batsman altogether since he has learnt a lot in the last three years.


Story first published:  Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:31 [IST]
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