Cheteshwar Pujara has earned many accolades for his talent in the longest format of the game. He has developed the image of a Test specialist batsman, but has never been considered a player in the limited-overs format.
But in 2021, things seem to have changed as Pujara is getting ready to expand his trade for the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting on 9 April in Chennai.
Before returning to the IPL after 7 years, Pujara revealed a big advice he received from former Indian captain Rahul Dravid at the start of his career about improving his T20 batting.
Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Pujara said that there was a time when he was concerned that his performance in the Test could deteriorate if he focused too much on improving his T20 batting. But Rahul Dravid’s advice helped him change the perception.
It all comes with experience. When I was playing the T20 format earlier, I got a little worried about what would happen if my Test cricket went bad, there would be some technical error as soon as the IPL was over. But now I stand by that.
What I have felt for some time is my natural game, my strength, it will never go away. This advice me brother brother [द्रविड़] Was found long before, but I would still like to mention it. He told me that your natural game will not change, although you try to play different shots.
I started playing cricket at an early age. I made my first class debut in 2005-06. So, it’s been about 15 years now, where I’ve played this game. So, if I am playing T20 format right now, I prepare for the Test series, I will not forget Test cricket. Adopting the T20 format and moving into Test cricket again will not be an issue, of course, he elaborated further.
Pujara’s last appearance in the IPL was in 2014 for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). Earlier, he also played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has played 30 IPL matches and scored 390 runs at a strike rate of 99.74.