There are times when strike rate hardly matters says Cheteshwar Pujara.
Team India’s dependable test batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara in the recent video conference opens up about the strike rate related issue that was raised by the commentators. During the test series against Australia, the commentators constantly tickled the strike rate despite Cheteshwar Pujara having success.
“There are times when the strike rate hardly matters. Everyone has his own style of game. The management understands all the things, they are professionals. Whether its Ravi Sashtri or Vikram Rathore or Ajinkya, all of them told me to bat in your style,” Pujara told during the video conference.
Against the daunting Aussie bowlers you need someone who is stood up at other end and constantly rotating strike in the loose balls. When the main players are on the sidelines due to injuries so it becomes more crucial to hold the one end no matter what the situation is.
“Chetshwar Pujara scored 271 runs at the strike rate of 29.20 including three half-centuries feels that the number of balls faced was more valuable at this moment when the players were one by one getting injured.”
He said, “The batting coach also mentioned that Aussies were not giving anything away. So, it wasn’t that I wasn’t batting well but they hardly bowled any loose balls.
“I had to face extra balls to score those runs as they were not pitching any loose balls. I had a larger picture in my mind and it was always going to be tough for the bowlers to be on the sidelines till I was there.”
India inked the history against Australia by winning the series by 2-1 after the humiliating defeat in Adelaide. In addition to the series win, India defeated Australia at Gaba were they had an unbreakable record of wining.