Time for Cheteshwar Pujara to put heavy price tag on his wicket

Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai

New Delhi: Since the retirement of `the wall` Rahul Dravid, Cheteshwar Pujara has been seen as his successor. And thus far, the right-handed batsman has proved his worth in the longest format of the game by scoring 1814 runs in 21 Tests, with a healthy average of 56.68. In such a short span he has scored six Test tons and five fifties as well.

The Saurashtra batsman possesses everything required for a Test batsman to excel in the toughest format of the game. From right temperament to good technique to patience, Pujara has all the traits required to score big runs in Tests. But while a playing much hyped Test series, like the one India are playing at the moment against England at their home, Pujara has to make sure that he puts a huge price tag on his wicket.

As a one down batsman, he needs to understand that he is the backbone of the Indian batting line-up and should take more responsibility on his shoulders.

In all the four innings in the first two Test against England, Pujara has got starts but failed to convert them into a big scores. In the first Test at Nottingham, he scored 38 and 55, whereas, in the next Test at Lord`s, Pujara got out on 23 and 43.

Pujara should take a cue from arguably less technical batsmen in the Indian team like Murali Vijay and for that matter Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who played key roles, especially with the bat, to give India a crucial 1-0 lead in the five-match long Test series.