Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has received a lot of criticism over the past few days for his batting performances on overseas tours. In the World Cup (WTC) final against New Zealand, Pujara only managed to get 23 runs in two overs.
In the last five red ball games, Pujara has scored a score of 8, 15, 17, 0, 21, 7, 73 and 15.. Furthermore, it has been more than two years since the ‘Mr Dependable’ a century in the longest format. Pujara’s last century took place against Australia in January 2019.
After the heartbreaking loss against the Black Caps, Indian skipper Virat Kohli pointed out that some changes need to be made in the test team. Kohli took no name, but assumptions were made that Pujara was facing the ax.
As the concern for Indian middle order grows daily, the former Australian spinner Brad Hogg shared his views on the red-hot topic. Hogg reckons the ideal candidate to replace Pujara in the current Indian squad is an aspirant, Prithvi Shaw.
Hogg said it all when asked by a user on social media. The fan asked if KL Rahul must replace Pujara in the upcoming Test series against England. When asked, Hogg named Shaw as his choice.
‘If anyone is going to replace Pujara, it’s going to be Prithvi Shaw. Feels he is more suited there than to open. Has a lot of talent and a long future. He is not in the tour group, but a game card choice, “ Hogg wrote on Twitter.
If anyone’s going to replace Pujara, it’s Prithvi Shaw. Feels he is more suited there than to open. Has a lot of talent and a long future. He’s not in the tour group, but a game card choice. #EngvIND https://t.co/8wEF82aq1A
– Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) 2 July 2021
As for Shaw, he was put out of the Test squad after the disappointing performance in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. The right-handed batsman produced a series of low scores and played his last Test in Adelaide.
After that, Shaw was not selected for the home Test series England as well as the tour of the United Kingdom. However, Shaw was named in the limited bowling group for the white ball tour in Sri Lanka, with three T20Is and just as many ODIs.