The former spinner of India, Maninder Singh, shared this Cheteshwar Pujara and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane do not give confidence when they are up to date and do not appear to be contributing runs to the team’s goal.
This comes after India were bowled out for 78 runs in the first innings of the third Test against England which was played in Leeds. James Anderson blows away the highest order with wickets from KL Rahul (0), Virat Kohli (7) and Cheteshwar Pujara (1). Although Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma crossed the double-digit cross, the Indian batsman collapsed after lunch when they lost 4 wickets on the score of 67 and were eventually bowled out for 78.
Maninder Singh spoke on ESPNCricinfo about Cheteshwar Pujara’s ultra-defensive batting and said he did not have confidence at the moment.
“See, Cheteshwar Pujara, to be honest, never gives me confidence in conditions like this or England. Because he goes into defensive mode too much, and what happens then is that you miss deliveries on which you can score runs, turn the strike around and the pressure itself can decrease. But if you keep playing 4-6 balls in an over, you’re going to get one, and that’s what happens to Pujara. He must therefore be a bit proactive and keep thinking about how to get runs and put pressure on the bowler, ‘ Maninder Singh said.
Ajinkya Rahane does not seem to give you the confidence: Maninder Singh
Another player mentioned during the discussion was vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, and the former left-back felt he had a lot of respect for the Mumbai boy when he started, but Pujara does not seem to give you any confidence.
‘It does not seem that Ajinkya Rahane gives you the confidence to score half a century in the last game. These were important contributions and the 50s that Pujara and Rahane got in the last game were counted. Rahane is one player I thought would be a fantastic player in the future, but he does not look confident and does not look like he is running you when he bats. Maninder said.
Both Rahane and Pujara showed some return to form when they added 100 runs in the second innings of Lord’s Test, but in the third Test things returned to normal.