Rahul Dravid advice helped Pujara get ready for IPL after 7 years. Cheteshwar Pujara is a talented player, especially when it comes to Test cricket, he is considered to be magnificent. But the player could not develop the same image in the shortest format of cricket, T20I. Though, this year seems to have something new in store for him. Some things seem to have changed as Pujara is getting ready to play for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The tournament starts on April 9 in Chennai and the fans are super excited about it.
Recently in an interview, Pujara revealed the secret advice given by former Indian Captain Rahul Dravid that helped him improve his game in the T20 format. The advice was given to cricket at the beginning of his career but it did help him that is why he still holds dear to his heart. Pujara is making his comeback in the IPL after 7 years and he shared quite a lot about his game and the changes that he has brought to his techniques in the interview.
Getting ready for T20 would impact Test cricket
Pujara said that there used to be a time when the cricketer was deeply concerned about his performance in Test matches. He used to think that his test performance will get spoiled if he concentrated too much on T20 batting skills. But one piece of advice from the dependable pillar of the team, Rahul Dravid, changed his perception.
Pujara shared that he was over that phase where he used to get worried about spoiling the Test. Over a period of time, the player realized that his natural game is much more important and it “will never go away”. Pujara prides himself on his strengths and he worked upon them, improved them as he had understood that his strengths would remain with him irrespective of the format of the game.
Shifting from T20 to Test is not a problem anymore
Pujara told that Dravid had told him to stay true to his natural game. He said that the natural game would not change although one can try playing different shots. Pujara said that it’s been 15 years since he has been playing this game as he had started at an early age. He now understands that if he plays T20
cricket while preparing for Test, he would not forget Test cricket. He said, “Adapting to the T20 format and moving into Test cricket again won’t be an issue”.
Puajara till now has played for 3 franchises, Kings XI Punjab being the last for which he played in 2014. Before Kings XI Punjab he had played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Puajara has played 30 IPL matches and has collected 390 runs at a strike rate of 99.74.