‘You can’t bat for social media’ – Cheteshwar Pujara talks about his approach and game style in Test cricket

'You can't bat for social media' - Cheteshwar Pujara talks about his approach and game style in Test cricket
‘You can’t bat for social media’ – Cheteshwar Pujara talks about his approach and game style in Test cricket

“Yaar yeh toh bahut bore kar raha hai, kitna ball khel raha hai” (He is boring us, how many balls does he need), said Cheteshwar Pujara. The Indian Test batsman has heard it all, seen it all, however, he believes that his game is all about playing to the situation and not forcing himself to entertain others.

Talking to Indian Express, Pujara said, “You can’t bat for social media. Many of them don’t understand my game and Test cricket because they see more white-ball cricket.

‘Please understand one thing, my aim is not to entertain someone, my aim is to win for my team, be it for India or Saurashtra.

Somedays I bat fast, somedays I bat slowly. I respect cricket lovers and crowd, I’m not someone who can hit sixes. I try to avoid social media, I don’t follow social media when I am playing. I am not batting for entertainment’.

Talking about India’s tour of Australia and his batting and approach, he said that innings made people notice him and it gave him recognition.

‘Things changed after the Australia series. The other day, when I was having dinner in a Mumbai suburb, an old couple told me that after Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath they watch Test matches only because of me,’ he added.

‘It’s not that I cannot change gears, I can play in shorter formats too. Many people have not seen me bat in white-ball cricket on TV. I know I take some time (to get in) but that’s the way I have been taught when growing up,’ the right-hander said.

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