At a time when the frenetic tempo of the sport has develop into the norm, Cheteshwar Pujara is an anomaly. He walks out to the middle, takes guard and enters a bubble. His batting is defiant, resolute and stoic. It is not expressive, however for the person, it is all about taking part in to the state of affairs and not forcing himself to entertain only for the sake of it. “You can’t bat for social media. Many of them don’t understand my game and Test cricket because they see more white-ball cricket. Yaar yeh toh bahut bore kar raha hai, kitna ball khel raha hai (He is boring us, how many balls does he need),” he advised Indian Express.
“Please understand one thing, my aim is not to entertain someone, my aim is to win for my team, be it for India or Saurashtra. Somedays I bat fast, somedays I bat slowly. I respect cricket lovers and crowd, I’m not someone who can hit sixes. I try to avoid social media, I don’t follow social media when I am playing. I am not batting for entertainment,” he additional added.
Pujara was one of many speaking factors throughout India’s tour of Australia and his batting and approach made individuals sit up and spot. This gave him recognition and ensured individuals perceive his worth within the aspect.
“Things changed after the Australia series. The other day, when I was having dinner in a Mumbai suburb, an old couple told me that after Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath they watch Test matches only because of me,” he added.
“It’s not that I cannot change gears, I can play in shorter formats too. Many people have not seen me bat in white-ball cricket on TV. I know I take some time (to get in) but that’s the way I have been taught when growing up,” the correct-hander mentioned.