Published On: 03 August 2021
India captain Virat Kohli has asked critics of number 3 hitter Chitchwar Pujara to leave him alone. According to Kohli, Pojjara has the experience and caliber to spot the flaws in his game. While Pujara has played some stellar strikes for India in the past, he has struggled for a run over the past few series, as a result of which his superior defensive style has been called into question. According to some critics, Pujara’s slow beating puts extra pressure on the rest of the hitting lineup.
Speaking in defense of Pujara in the pre-match conference, Kohli said, “It’s been going on for a while and I honestly feel that a player of his level should be left and his experience should be left alone and it should be up to the individual to find out what the flaws of his game are.
“Similarly with me or any other player in this team, we are well aware of the things we have to do for the good of the team. From the outside I can say that criticism is unnecessary but I know for a fact that Pujara does not care and criticism is as relevant as you would like. They say what they want to say on the outside and that’s just words at the end of the day. If you feel like they don’t mean anything to you, just keep going, walk your own way.”
In the press conference, Kohli also shared his views on Shardul Thakur. He described the accelerator as a multi-dimensional cricketer, with the potential to become a multi-level player. The Indian captain added: “Yes, he can certainly be created (to become a multi-level player). He is already a multi-dimensional cricketer and all it is about is gaining more and more confidence… Someone like him brings a lot of balance to the test team or any form of the game. .
“Hardik has done that so far in the past and is back on track to play bowling regularly. These kind of cricketers are helping the team in a huge way and Chardol is a huge prospect for us. Someone who will be very important not only in this series but also going forward,” Kohli said. “.
Looking at the 2018 series when India lost 1-4 despite their lead on a number of occasions, Kohli emphasized that the players are better prepared for the challenge this time around. The Indian captain stated, “The players, who were inexperienced in 2018, are now more experienced. Yes, there will be failures, but we will have enough players to raise their hands and calculate in pressure situations. The key to learning from the last series is to understand the art of control. In damage. Understanding how to control damage when things don’t go your way. Test cricket is about going through situations and then taking advantage of them when things go your way.”
The first test of the five-match series begins in Nottingham from Wednesday
– By cricket reporter