India news March 26, 2013

Pujara could succeed in ODIs too - Dravid

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Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said Cheteshwar Pujara, who succeeded him at No. 3 in India's Test side, could have what it takes to perform in ODIs as well. He was speaking at 'A Day with Dravid', an ESPNcricinfo event in which nine cricket fans got the chance to interact with him from across the world.

Pujara has an average of 65 after 13 Tests, having scored four hundreds and three half-centuries, and has drawn comparisons with Dravid. He hasn't made his ODI debut yet, but in 61 domestic one-day matches Pujara averages 56.97, with eight hundreds and 17 fifties.

"He's had a great start to his international career, in fact a much better start than I did," Dravid said. "I think he has been brought up in the old school of batsmanship. He is developing more shots and he approaches Test cricket in the same way as I did.

"He's got some good basics in place," Dravid said. "You can see that he is constantly improving and he is someone who will find answers to questions. He is going to have his ups and downs and face a lot of challenges adapting to different forms of the game and conditions. With his attitude and the way he is going about playing his cricket, I think he will find answers to a lot of these questions and one of them will be one-day cricket."

Dravid also said, during the event, that Test cricket needed needed better scheduling, and more matches for all teams, in order to survive. "One thing I'd like to see definitely is scheduling to be a lot better, and the ability for most countries to play a lot more Test cricket," he said. "I'd love to see all the teams get the opportunity to play a lot more cricket against each other. I think it will really see Test cricket come up and improve, and the only way for it to survive is to play it as often as possible."

He spoke in length about his desire to perform well abroad when he had started playing international cricket. He played first-class cricket in India for four years before making his Test debut in England, where he scored 95 at Lord's in 1996.

"I wanted to do well abroad in conditions that I wasn't used to," he said. "When I was growing up, one of my coaches stressed that you have to do well outside India to be judged a very good player. One of the things I found difficult adjusting to was bounce early on in my international career.

"When I went to Australia, South Africa or England for the first time, I would see some of the foreign top-order batsmen leave balls on length. As soon as the ball pitched on a particular area, they would leave it. Indian batsmen's instinct was to play at those balls because if you left those balls in India, they would probably hit the top of off or middle stump. That ability to adjust to that bounce and know which ball to leave instinctively on length, especially early on in your innings, was one of the most difficult adjustments to play."

Answering fans' questions on the contemporary game and the changes it has seen over the years, Dravid expressed his admiration for the players who can play the switch hit, but also said he wanted the rule to be fair for the bowlers.

"I can't imagine the way some guys pull that off," he said. "When I see someone like a [Kevin] Pietersen or [David] Warner pull it off, you can see the value of the shot like that. If you were to play the switch hit, then the wide rule should change as well. You should allow the bowler to bowl outside the off stump. I think it's an incredibly skilful and difficult shot to play and I'm all for it as long as you give the bowler protection as well."

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  • Sir.Ivor on March 27, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the ideal person to talk to for Pujara or for anyone else in regard to the adjustments needed to succeed in playing conditions other than home. It will be necessary for them to be good listeners and to put into practice what they have learnt from him. It is in this context that I feel Pujara will benefit most from talking to Rahul because he is very industrious and respectful to knowledge and learning.I wish Pujara ,Kohli and Jadeja have a stint in one of the counties in England. It will make them really good I think with that experience. Similarly, I think Ishant and Yadav need to play in England as well. It will allow them to mix with others who ply the same trade and pick up things ( other than cockney)as would go on to make them better. Indian cricket seems to be on the cusp of regaining its lost glory. The BCCI should get together the likes of Rahul Dravid and Woorkeri Raman to outline plans for the three tours that are due in the next 18 months or so.

  • murthydn16 on March 27, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Dravid's assessment of leaving the ball on a length in foreign conditions shows how quick a learner he was. New players who are about to embark for away tours shoult talk to Dravid before leaving there so that they can catch some of this thought process that Dravid used to practice. Also, Pujara should be given a chance in the one day games in place of extremely talented Rohit sharma who performs once in ten to twenty matches. Also the management should use Pujara at no 3 and not thrust him to opening when there is no options.

  • on March 26, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Pujara should be an opener in ODIs. He has the shots, he can up the scoring rate. He is the most talented Indian batsman right now, ahead of Virat. Personally I think he should be looked as an opener in the ODIs.

    Look at South Africa's Hashim Amla, a permenant #3 in Tests, but an opener in ODIs. He has a great record in ODIs. he is not a six hitter, but he has the shots to score at 85 plus strike rate. I think Pujara should be an opener in ODIs, try it out.

    Champions Trophy XI: 1. Pujara 2. Gambhir 3. Virat 4. Yuvi 5. MSD 6. Raina 7. Jadeja/Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Yadav 11. Aaron/ Shami Ahmed.

    I know this is unlikely as Rohit Sharma will probably play as opener instead of Pujara because ROHIT is soo talented (sarcasm) and I think playing Irfan at #7 will add balance in Seam friendly conditions. so that gives India 4 seamers, 1 spinner and yuvi/Raina to help out as well.

    Pujara will bring stability to the opening pair. If we plan on defending the WC in AUS we need him.

  • Nampally on March 28, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    I like to make a corrrection my earlier input about Tendulkar's S/R in ODI's which is 86, Not <70. Only Sehwag has S/R of> 100. KP has just 86, whist Dhoni's S/R is 88 & Kohli is at 86. So even amongst heavy hitters 85 S/R is more typical. In T-20 you need over 100 S/R not in ODI's.

  • Nampally on March 28, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @cricketsunami: Can you show me any batsmen other than Sehwag or KP, who score at S/R of 100? A S/R of 70 to 80 for the top order batsman in the ODI's is more typical throughout the world. Look up the stats. before you make such wild statements.Tendulkar got most of his ODI scores at a S/R of <70. Pujara gets that S/R even in test matches. His last 82* vs. the Aussies in the 4th Test on a very difficult wkt. was scored at a S/R of 85. Even his earlier double century vs. the Aussies in the Test match was at a S/R of over 80. If Pujara gets his runs at S/R of 80, it is in line 4.8 runs/over. My reference to Dravid's comment was to justify the logic in selecting Pujara for ODI's. Coming from a Legend like Dravid, it is more authoritative. Even Dhoni will take a note of his statement!

  • phunny_game on March 28, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @cricketsunami : yes, u are absolutely right. A guy with 11000 ODI runs, 12 hundreds, 83 (not too many people have scored more than this) 50's and an average of almost 40 is surely average or below average, as u suggest.

    Well, if u can't score at a strike rate of 100, u shouldn't be playin ODI's. WOW... Than modern greats like yusuf pathan, Shahid Afridi, Kieron Pollard, with very high averages, almost touching 20's will carry the legacy forward. And mediocre ones like Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, Ponting were just a blip on the Radar. Right??

    And coming back to the article, if you all see Pujara playing in ODI's, u'll understand what he is capable of. A player who can easily score at 80+ and hold an end up. That is exactly what we need in the team so that players like Dhoni, Jadeja, Raina can come in and launch straightaway instead of trying to rescue the innings, coz we all know Virat throws it away after his hundred. Never seen him stay till the end...!!! pls publish

  • Temuzin on March 28, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT) It is nice to see a legend like Dravid endorsing Pujara for ODI's as well. When I came strongly in support of Pujara in Cric Info columns for being benched in all 3 ODI's vs. England by Dhoni, I was heavily criticised by some of the commenters. I based my arguments for justifying playing pujara on the same basis as Dravid is doing.

    Dont jump up and down because Dravid said so. Dravid himself was never a great and impact full player in ODIs. Players like Dravid and laxman are great in test but in shorter versions they wer average to below average. In ODIs you should score runs but its important to score runs faster. If you cant score at strike rate of 100, you should not be playing ODIs, plain and simple.

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @srikanths

    Absolutely agree with you... Do not put Pujara under pressure by comparing him to these legends.....

    He has the ingredients.. now its up to him to grind, tune and announce himself on foreign tracks...

    Hope Pujara meets all our hopes and expectations..

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @timtom

    If you think DRAVID has to flatter himself by comparing with Pujara at this stage of their careers..... I pity you...

    Its like when Sunny says he sees himself in a young tendulkar in the early 90s... Sunny after scroing 10K+ without helmet on fast bouncy pitches to the best of pacemen....ofcorse at a far slow scoring rate.... and you see couple of drives from sachin... and call Sunny..do not flatter yourself.... COME ON you can do better than that....

    I too love Pujara and .... Hope he lives up to Dravid like how Sachin is to Sunny... a modern day adaptation of their CLASS.

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @GRVJPR

    I agree that Pujara needs to run faster in ODIs.. However his worth is in holding one end and scroring close to run a ball... than stealing quick singles... especially on foreign pitches...where Indian batsmen are walking wickets against swing and bounce......If he can compensate for his slowness with close to 85% strike rate..., I am sure everyone will be happy..

  • Sir.Ivor on March 27, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the ideal person to talk to for Pujara or for anyone else in regard to the adjustments needed to succeed in playing conditions other than home. It will be necessary for them to be good listeners and to put into practice what they have learnt from him. It is in this context that I feel Pujara will benefit most from talking to Rahul because he is very industrious and respectful to knowledge and learning.I wish Pujara ,Kohli and Jadeja have a stint in one of the counties in England. It will make them really good I think with that experience. Similarly, I think Ishant and Yadav need to play in England as well. It will allow them to mix with others who ply the same trade and pick up things ( other than cockney)as would go on to make them better. Indian cricket seems to be on the cusp of regaining its lost glory. The BCCI should get together the likes of Rahul Dravid and Woorkeri Raman to outline plans for the three tours that are due in the next 18 months or so.

  • murthydn16 on March 27, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Dravid's assessment of leaving the ball on a length in foreign conditions shows how quick a learner he was. New players who are about to embark for away tours shoult talk to Dravid before leaving there so that they can catch some of this thought process that Dravid used to practice. Also, Pujara should be given a chance in the one day games in place of extremely talented Rohit sharma who performs once in ten to twenty matches. Also the management should use Pujara at no 3 and not thrust him to opening when there is no options.

  • on March 26, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Pujara should be an opener in ODIs. He has the shots, he can up the scoring rate. He is the most talented Indian batsman right now, ahead of Virat. Personally I think he should be looked as an opener in the ODIs.

    Look at South Africa's Hashim Amla, a permenant #3 in Tests, but an opener in ODIs. He has a great record in ODIs. he is not a six hitter, but he has the shots to score at 85 plus strike rate. I think Pujara should be an opener in ODIs, try it out.

    Champions Trophy XI: 1. Pujara 2. Gambhir 3. Virat 4. Yuvi 5. MSD 6. Raina 7. Jadeja/Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Yadav 11. Aaron/ Shami Ahmed.

    I know this is unlikely as Rohit Sharma will probably play as opener instead of Pujara because ROHIT is soo talented (sarcasm) and I think playing Irfan at #7 will add balance in Seam friendly conditions. so that gives India 4 seamers, 1 spinner and yuvi/Raina to help out as well.

    Pujara will bring stability to the opening pair. If we plan on defending the WC in AUS we need him.

  • Nampally on March 28, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    I like to make a corrrection my earlier input about Tendulkar's S/R in ODI's which is 86, Not <70. Only Sehwag has S/R of> 100. KP has just 86, whist Dhoni's S/R is 88 & Kohli is at 86. So even amongst heavy hitters 85 S/R is more typical. In T-20 you need over 100 S/R not in ODI's.

  • Nampally on March 28, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @cricketsunami: Can you show me any batsmen other than Sehwag or KP, who score at S/R of 100? A S/R of 70 to 80 for the top order batsman in the ODI's is more typical throughout the world. Look up the stats. before you make such wild statements.Tendulkar got most of his ODI scores at a S/R of <70. Pujara gets that S/R even in test matches. His last 82* vs. the Aussies in the 4th Test on a very difficult wkt. was scored at a S/R of 85. Even his earlier double century vs. the Aussies in the Test match was at a S/R of over 80. If Pujara gets his runs at S/R of 80, it is in line 4.8 runs/over. My reference to Dravid's comment was to justify the logic in selecting Pujara for ODI's. Coming from a Legend like Dravid, it is more authoritative. Even Dhoni will take a note of his statement!

  • phunny_game on March 28, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @cricketsunami : yes, u are absolutely right. A guy with 11000 ODI runs, 12 hundreds, 83 (not too many people have scored more than this) 50's and an average of almost 40 is surely average or below average, as u suggest.

    Well, if u can't score at a strike rate of 100, u shouldn't be playin ODI's. WOW... Than modern greats like yusuf pathan, Shahid Afridi, Kieron Pollard, with very high averages, almost touching 20's will carry the legacy forward. And mediocre ones like Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, Ponting were just a blip on the Radar. Right??

    And coming back to the article, if you all see Pujara playing in ODI's, u'll understand what he is capable of. A player who can easily score at 80+ and hold an end up. That is exactly what we need in the team so that players like Dhoni, Jadeja, Raina can come in and launch straightaway instead of trying to rescue the innings, coz we all know Virat throws it away after his hundred. Never seen him stay till the end...!!! pls publish

  • Temuzin on March 28, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT) It is nice to see a legend like Dravid endorsing Pujara for ODI's as well. When I came strongly in support of Pujara in Cric Info columns for being benched in all 3 ODI's vs. England by Dhoni, I was heavily criticised by some of the commenters. I based my arguments for justifying playing pujara on the same basis as Dravid is doing.

    Dont jump up and down because Dravid said so. Dravid himself was never a great and impact full player in ODIs. Players like Dravid and laxman are great in test but in shorter versions they wer average to below average. In ODIs you should score runs but its important to score runs faster. If you cant score at strike rate of 100, you should not be playing ODIs, plain and simple.

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @srikanths

    Absolutely agree with you... Do not put Pujara under pressure by comparing him to these legends.....

    He has the ingredients.. now its up to him to grind, tune and announce himself on foreign tracks...

    Hope Pujara meets all our hopes and expectations..

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @timtom

    If you think DRAVID has to flatter himself by comparing with Pujara at this stage of their careers..... I pity you...

    Its like when Sunny says he sees himself in a young tendulkar in the early 90s... Sunny after scroing 10K+ without helmet on fast bouncy pitches to the best of pacemen....ofcorse at a far slow scoring rate.... and you see couple of drives from sachin... and call Sunny..do not flatter yourself.... COME ON you can do better than that....

    I too love Pujara and .... Hope he lives up to Dravid like how Sachin is to Sunny... a modern day adaptation of their CLASS.

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @GRVJPR

    I agree that Pujara needs to run faster in ODIs.. However his worth is in holding one end and scroring close to run a ball... than stealing quick singles... especially on foreign pitches...where Indian batsmen are walking wickets against swing and bounce......If he can compensate for his slowness with close to 85% strike rate..., I am sure everyone will be happy..

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Approaches test cricket in the same way as I did ----- I think dravid is talking about the high price that Pujara puts on his wicket.... and how he goes on to score big, once he gets a start and can stop one end if needed.....

    It is too early to compare Pujara to Dravid.. but he is the only one that looks to be relatively solid in technique and approaches the game the same way he did... REMEMBER DRAVID made those big runs on foreign pitches....and possibly the only Indian to have his outside average better than or close to his Home average

  • Nish_US on March 28, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Guys, as much as I like Pujara... he is still untested outside the subcontinent... His defense is definitely not as solid as Dravid...but he is far more aggressive and good at finding gaps.....

    Do not try to belittle the LEGEND DRAVID.. he has done extremely well in foreign conditions, where all those superstars have failed...

  • vikassonone on March 28, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    cheteshwar pujara has cool person and technically solid also good temparament . soon we can see him leading indian test squad.

  • on March 28, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    I don't know whats the fuss about Pujara.....I mean yeah he is a good player with an amazing temperament but he hasn't played a single game in foreign conditions! There are people comparing him to Dravid and some saying that he is better than Virat Kohli..... get a measure guys - Both Dravid and Kohli made their debuts abroad and Dravid is a legend. As for Kohli's Average of 43 compared to Pujara's 65....We'll see what their averages will be after the SA tour. And to all Pujara fans - why doesnt he perform when his team are in trouble? Like in Nagpur against England where Kohli played a brilliant Innings!

  • on March 28, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    As the next world cup going to held on Australia , we need a technical sound batsman as opener , so I think Pujara , should be the first choice for opener with shikar dhawan in onedays for next seson as well as next World cup

  • S.Seshachalam on March 28, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Dravid should have been appointed as Team India Coach instead of extending Duncan Flethers' tenure. Dravid has been very successful as a player. Surely he is bound to have a very good working relationship with the present young players. BCCI needs to think on these lines before the next extension for Flether!!

  • ShivramIyer on March 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Pujara should open with Vijay or Dhawan in ODIs.... time for a big break to Gambhir. Sehwag needs to be forced into retirement. I don't think there is any more scope for complacent players.

  • ultimatewarrior on March 28, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Indian Team should have 6 Teams for Slow Pitch T20/ODI/Test and Fast Pitch T20/ODI/Test Teams respectively.....Mind u I m not saying it shud have 66 diff. players but it should have player selected as per pitch & format essentially INSTEAD of recent form in different format......by applying these conditions I will have Pujara in 4 teams(ODI/Test in fast/slow pitches) Rohit Sharma & Manoj Tiwari in 2 Teams(Test in fast/slow pitches) Suresh Raina in 2 Teams(ODI/T20 in slow pitches) Virat in 4 Teams(ODI/T20 in fast/slow pitches)....If India will identify his best 6 teams it will rule definitely more & better than Aus(1995 to 2010) & W Indies (1975-1990)....by best team I mean more focused players in respective conditions without being feared for dropping and knowing their limitations as well...

  • wake_up_india on March 27, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Agree with 28041991 that playing English county cricket is far better for developing Test Match skills than the tamasha called IPL. It may not fill the players' pocket books as well though. That is the core problem facing BCCI, which has ceased to be a non-profit organization charged with promoting cricket in India and turned into a for-profit Corporation.

  • Haleos on March 27, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Oh plsss Mr Wall. Pujara has much better aaproach than u. U were a fiat punto he is a bmw in his approach. Once he sttles down he plays as fast as viru if not faster. Your main concern was always to preserve Ur wicket. Why r u trying to remain in limelight by equally urself with new talent. U shd have retired Atleast couple of years earlier than u did.

  • realfan on March 27, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    i think guys like, viay, dhawan, jadeja, rahane , pujara needs to be sent to play for the conunty, just like the old days where ganguly, srt, gavaskar and many others were sent to play for county , and there were very succesful after that..... also why cant we groom bowlers like shami, rasool, bhuvaneshwar, ishwar panday, sandeep sharma...... these guys will make a certain difference instead of sticking to good for nothing ishant....

  • penagamuri on March 27, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    If Pujara has the tecnique rohit sharma has the technique too.. as a matter of fact rohit style of batting suits abroad pitches than any one in the current indian young crop. Rohit can play pull and hook naturally and has all the shots in the book but sadly he needs temperment to stay calm in pressure situations.. i believe rohit and vijay are very much similar in terms of talent but the moment vijay started valueing his wicket there is a huge improvements in his scores.. I hope rohit sharma gets in test cricket and starts putting prize to his wicket and on that day there would be no debate about who is the best the indian yound batsmen.. with vijay,dhawan,pujara,Rohit,Kohli we have some of the most talented young batsmen in the world ... Go India and Go Rohit...

  • ThyrSaadam on March 27, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    India needs to develop specialized players for different forms of the game. Pujara could quite easily open in ODIs and anchor one end. This could be of huge benefit considering the next WC will be in Australia/NZ where technique will come under scrutiny, while he continues to blossom at # 3 in tests. He shouldn't even consider T20, at international level. Perhaps BBCI should pay test/odi specialists as much as a player would make playing T20s for India, without them having to appear in formats, not sure if the present contract has that clause?

  • Nampally on March 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    It is nice to see a legend like Dravid endorsing Pujara for ODI's as well. When I came strongly in support of Pujara in Cric Info columns for being benched in all 3 ODI's vs. England by Dhoni, I was heavily criticised by some of the commenters. I based my arguments for justifying playing pujara on the same basis as Dravid is doing - his performance in domestic ODI's where he averages 56. Pujara is a World class batsman cast in the same mould as Dravid w.r.t. technique, discipline & concentration. I had even placed him in the same category as Clarke, Cook & Amla as far as getting big scores consistently.So far he has averaged 87 & 84 respectively in the 2x Four test series vs. England & Australia, both in India. It is difficult to say how he would perform on overseas wkts. But based on the afore mentioned attributes, he has the tools to perform well. In Pujara India has found a solid batting sheet anchor who needs to be encouraged not "Benched" in ODI's just to satisfy someone's Ego!

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 27, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Agree with @Pranav Desai - Pujara should be an opener in ODIs. He has the shots, he can up the scoring rate. He is the most talented Indian batsman right now, ahead of Virat. He can be our version of Hashim Amla.

    Our next focus should be on finding a few good pacers. I think Shami Ahmed is ready - he has a smooth action that allows him to swing it either way at good speed. We also have good medium pacers in Ishwar Pandey, Sid Kaul, Imtiaz Ahmed and Sandeep Warrier. Our selectors should get rid of mediocre Ishant and Dinda and try these youngsters on a rotation basis. Just look at how young Indian batsmen changed the Indian team. It was a big mistake to persist with non-performers like Sehwag and Gambhir for so long.

  • jokerbala on March 27, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    don't kid yourself Rahul , Pujara approaches the game a lot differently than you. He is India's Hashim Amla ,a run machine who plays by the book but keeps the score board moving along.

  • realfan on March 27, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @Kavindeven give some respect to legend..... dravid was not dropped just because of his slow batting , but that was the role he got to play.... he was dropped because there was way too many players who were ready to replace, rahuul dravid has got stike rate of 70+ which is not bad for a middle order batsmen who hold the innings from one end..... and more over he clearly said "He's had a great start to his international career, in fact a much better start than I did," about pujara.... the meaning that he said he approches the game as i did is that both he and pujara are equally dedicated and continually learning...... and whatever he said here is not self boosting.. instead he praised the one who replaced him.....

  • realfan on March 27, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    agree with many saying that INDIA A should tour to AUS , ENG, SA,WI..... those tours will sure helpful for them, even if its one series in a year is enough, ypung men now are fast learning ( we saw that in AUS, where Kohli learned very fast and hit a lonely century and emerged as top scorer for INDIA) ...... i hope bcci make note of this....

  • realfan on March 27, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    As usual spot on dravid... my respect to him increasing day by day, and may be decreasing you may say ( because of pujara, he is my next wall )

    1 way to look at why pujara should be included and should be allowed to play in ODI ( or champions tropy for that factor) is trophy will be in England and the conditions will be more or less same as SA, so it will be good game practice for him to face the players of different kind on the conditions that are not his home conditions....... even if its a 50 over game if he comes as o opener or 3rd order he will have enough balls to face the bowlers, even if he fails , he sure is fast learner like dravid, he will make all preparations for SA from then on.....

    my request for BCCI is please select our current test batsmen ( Vijay, kohli, pujara, rahane ) and bowlers ( bhuvaneshwar, umesh, irfan pathan) for the champions trophy .... they will get good match practice on those difficult conditions.....

  • Sir.Ivor on March 27, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    contd..The confidence and experience the India A players will get by touring South Africa that I have suggested will be invaluable and will stand them in great stead on the tour of New Zealand and England thereafter even if the conditions are vastly different there.It is this confidence thing which I believe the players will imbibe in their projected status of being the 'chosen few' howsoever questionable that might be.The thing is that they will know that they have played the Morris' Phangisos and the Berhardeins at least even if they do not get to rub shoulders with Steyn and Morkel who in any cae will be in the IPL !I remember when the likes of Jadeja and Rahane went to England for the ODIs after the Test debacle in 2011.They adapted and did well in England even in rainy conditions.That is what I call mental toughness that this Indian team seems to be developing.I believe that mental toughness is very important and needs to be developed.'Cricketer' should be a metaphor for charecter

  • on March 27, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    when someone like dravid is commenting on pujara's batsmanship, it must be an honor . Dravid is the epitome of class and the way he carried his bat throughout his career is an example. Dravid apart from being a great cricketer is a great sensible reader and evaluator of the game.his beginning might not be as exeplary as pujara has but his success on various parts of the world and his achievements on the tracks that were nightmares to many great batsmen is in itself a reason to believe his words. let's count him as a great analyser and go by him. given a chance i would have gone with him on the beach where he was working out in SA after WC2003 match (pakistan match) when everyone else was ............

  • Sir.Ivor on March 27, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I think Indian cricket is in the process of turning the corner after a difficult phase. The oncoming tour to South Africa in winter this year is obviously the big one. Some serious planning is needed immediately to ensure that the improvement gets set. Firstly, the BCCI should send a quality India A side in the intervening months to South Africa to enable the players to get used to conditions and pitches there. Pujara or Kohli could lead the side and Vijay, Dhawan,Rahane Ishant,Bhuvi Aaron and Jadeja must be in the side. Others who are likely to benefit should form the whole India A lot. Once they get used to the lengths to bowl to and the way to bat against the natural bounce on their wickets (as Rahul points out)I think they should do well. What is important however is that they get to play quality opposition. This is where I think Gary Kirsten could help considering his past association with the men in blue.I doubt if he will be churlish merely because he now coaches the Saffas.

  • beggars on March 27, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Pujara is a treat to watch. I have seen him bat in person at wankhede where he scored a "TEST TON" when wickets faltered at the other end. Best thing about pujara's batting is his strong defense along with immaculate footwork. Those flicks and wristy shots on leg side reminds me of Laxman in his early days. He and M Vijay should be tested as openers in one day format too. His technique and temperament justifies he is here to stay in all the formats forever!!

  • vish57 on March 27, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    India should have more regular "A" team tours to SA/Eng/Aus/WI; atleast 2 tours a year so that the asprints can get exposed to bouncy track and talent can be better gauged eg Agarkar to Indian team after his 'A' tour of pakistan, Dhoni after the 'A' team tour to Nairobi so on

  • vish57 on March 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    As a person following cricket intensly for 45 years, Dravid one of the 5 greatest cricketers India has ever produced, others are Gavaskar,KapilDev,Kumble and Tendulkar. Dravid's views on playing fast bowling in overseas condition is superb. His views in your earlier column that Dhoni should consider quitting ODI/T20 captainship as well IPL-CSK captainship is a very positive comment however no takers as BCCI chief is having interest in Dhoni leading CSK. To me Pujara looks very sound and can adopt any form of cricket likes the views of many aviewer here. Reduce the number of domestic tournament, one IPL, one Ranji Trophy and 1 ODI tournament; scrap the rest and force the Indian senior players to compete with asprints. Sreesanth came to limelight when he took Sachin's wicket in the NKP Salve Trophy.

  • spinkingKK on March 27, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Not much offense to Dravid, but I don't think Pujara approaches the test cricket like Dravid did. If he did, he would have been making it difficult when faced with a target of 155 in the second innings. Dravid would have seen all sort of daemons in the pitch and would have struggled his way to 33 off 145 balls. But, Dravid was an exceptional player on his own rights. It's just that Pujara's approach is different. I will probably compare his style to that of Ponting or if you want to compare with an Indian, the closest I can compare is that of VVS. In my opinion, Pujara's approach is the ideal approach for a number 3. However, I still believe that his batting technique could come under serious problems overseas. I am saying it because, he has the tendency to pull in subcontinent conditions. If he tries to pull the same length balls overseas, the ball will pop up in the air for the keeper or close-in fielder.

  • veerakannadiga on March 27, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Goodluck to you, Pujara. If the great man thinks so highly of you, then you really are something man. Rahul true to his nature has only nice & kind words for others. Salute you Great Man.God Bless us all. from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • Arunvilla on March 27, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    I think Some people here started watching cricket after dravid retired!yes,pujara scores at a 60+ s.r; yes he will have a avg of 50+ in odi's too;but he shld stay injury free!thats why i feel what may come we shld protect this guy from odi's he may injure his knee.THE BEST BATSMAN IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD PLAY AT 3 AND HE SHOULD BE INJURY FREE just like THE WALL and PUNTER.he is slow in running between the wkts compared to kohli raina dhoni jadeja something which dhoni wont like!!but i wont wanna see rohit and yuvi in the odi team too...they just irritate me..i think we should open with dhawan and chand.vijay will lose his concentration if he plays odi...anyway pujara should be in the team for next wc along with rohit(unfortunately).

  • sramesh_74 on March 27, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    A True Legend. Talks like he played. Thoughtful, impressive and full of impact. BCCI would do Indian cricket a huge favor if Dravid can be associated with the India-A or India under-19 teams.

  • naren1983 on March 27, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Yes, Pujara has wonderful technique and wide range of shots in his batting, he can be so successful at the top-order like Hashim Amla doing it for SA in Test & ODI. Especially now with out of form Sehwag and Gambhir, we have got two superb youngsters like Pujara & Dhawan to open the ODI innings, followed by Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer, Irfan, Bhuvi/Yadav start from Champions Trophy at June'13 and should continue till 2015 WC. This team can beat any team at any day even in SA, Aus and Eng Pitches. Great Future ahead for Team India to clinch more titles like Champions Trophy, T20 WC and WC 2015.

  • maddy20 on March 27, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @timtom A good player is one who has a solid defensive technique. Its a necessity to succeed in foreign conditions. Its one of the reasons why Dravid has a higher average overseas than at home. Not even Sachin has that kind of a record. You can check on statsguru if you want. Trying to attack every ball is what was responsible for the drubbings in Aus and England. Best of all Dravid was the ultimate team man. You want him to open the innings, he will do it. You want him to keep wickets to accommodate an extra batsman, he will do it. The team is in disarray (after the Chappel- Ganguly Saga) and no one is willing to lead the side but Dravid will do itand in some style(first series win in Pak, Ffirst series win in Wi in 35 years). The best part of it all - He knew his prowess were fading and called it quits to help us build a young side. On the other hand we have selfishkar, who is always chasing records, even if it means we will lose to Bangladesh in the Asia cup!

  • ramli on March 27, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    CP will succeed in ODIs and will be needed especially overseas to shore up batting ... he approaches test cricket like RD ... but in ODIs, CP will be better than RD ... for the simple reason that CP is not as rigid as RD and more adaptable than RD ... like falling to crease to survive close run-outs unlike RD always holding the bat high, not grounding or falling ... areal shots and finding gaps ... running fast ... yes CP has a role in ODIs ... are the selectors hearing?

  • I_m_AKS on March 27, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Pujara can be a great ODI opener just like Hashim Amla, both of their way to approach is quite similar, he should be in the squad of champions trophy and definately should play.

    My squad for CT is: gambhir, pujara, virat, yuvraj, dhoni, raina, jadeja, ashwin, irfan, bhuvi, yadav, shami, aaron/ishant/dinda, chand, rahane/dhawan/rohit, rasool/some other good spinning all-rounder. This could be the ideal squad for CT ahead of WC 2015.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    pujara is no doubt one of the plus point of india's batting in aus and england series,but his fielding and fitness is his area of concern and he will be tested in this dept if he is selected for the odi!!

  • trueanalyst on March 27, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Pujara and Unmukht Chand should be the openers for the WorldCup in Australia

  • trueanalyst on March 27, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @Great-Shot444,Pujara scored around 280 runs in 3 Matches against WestIndies A team at an average of more than 50 when everyone failed and also it was the series in which bowlers dominated batsmen.Kindly do some homework before shooting your mouth off. To the others who doubt Pujara's batting in overseas.Given below is the series runs in the Tri Series between India A,West Indies A and England A held in 2000 .H e has scored 332 runs in 5 matches at an average of 83 and a strike rate of 95 and above the likes of Bopara,Ian bell,Cook,Trott ,Darren Bravo etc.Unlike all other players except perhaps Kohli who has a good record in Australia he will be the top scorer for India in the World cup .

  • Aussasinator on March 27, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Pujara is a step ahead of Dravid since he pushes the scoring rate along and doesnt get bogged down in every situation like the great man used to.

  • srikanths on March 27, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Timtom makes it sound as if Dravid was some kind of a strokeless wonder. He evolved to become an excellent stroke maker also after a sedate start to career . Dravid's game was based on a great defense and strokes developed around that.Dravid , adapted very well later to ODI format also. Declaring that Pujara is much better stroke maker than Dravid at this stage of his career is premature and a unnecessary pressure on the youngster. He still has a lot to prove, in SA and OZ and in England which Dravid did to good degree. Let us also not forget that in SA in 2011 Pujara was a strokeless wonder. The fact is , he looks a thinking cricketer and keeps developing.He has a long way to go. Let us wait and hope he does well all over. Do not compare with SRT , he has always been a great strokemaker.Would we comoare a struggling SRT ( last year or so) to a SRT in his pomp ? Let us have a sense of proportion

  • satishchandar on March 27, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I dont see any reason why Pujara can't succeed in ODIs but he need to just wait for his time. He can pick opening in ODIs.. May be.. Rahane was not a instant success in any formats.. With Viru out now, there is a vacancy that provides rahane chances to prove it. There might be a vacancy in opening slot for Cheteswar soon if Rahane fails for another couple of series.. Virat, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina is a settled lineup from 3-6 and no.7 will go to either RJ or Irfan when back. Pujara will be wasted at 7 too. Best chance for him is to open the innings in ODIs. We have likes of Vijay, Dhawan too there for opening in ODIs..

  • Paddy789 on March 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Just like Hashim Amla he should be opening in one days and hold one end throughout the innings...he can very well do that.

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    When someone says 'Approaches test cricket in the same way as I did' it doesn't mean Pujara scores 20 of 100 balls. There is none better than the legend in analyzing the young superstar's approach. Well, I understand and empathize with some of my fellow Indian fans. The Queen's language ain't anybody's cup of tea.

  • binu.emiliya on March 27, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Let Pujara & Dhawan open in ODIs the rest will be like this Kohli,Yuvi,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Irfan,Aswin,Yadav,Buvi ,There is two good series to try this combination,@WI tri series and Zimbabwe tour

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Cant agree with Dravid that Pujara made a debut much better than Dravid. Pujara scored all ehte runs in India. Lets see how he will perform in SA and outside subcontinent pitches.

  • Romenevans on March 27, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    He plays like Rahul Dravid? ODI? Ahem ahem! With due all respect, Rahul you were dropped from the ODI because of your slow batting. Pujara is already light years ahead of you.

  • MaheshVenkat on March 27, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @timtom - pls. check Dravid's comments he says that Pujaraa has a much better start than he (Dravid) had. He was only comparing on how they approached test cricket. He didn't talk about total runs or centuries or strike rates.

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Pujara is a world class batsman.Only thing he need to prove now is that whether he can bat overseas or not.He has a wide range of shots .Rather he is not the best striker of cricket ball,he can make runs in odis quicker than run a ball. Don't Forget,Amla was earlier tagged as atest player.Even now,he don't use to hit sixes in odi cricket.Yet he is more successful than those who can clear the boundary.Pujara in the same way can be Indian Amla or or he can be better than him because home conditions support batting and he has ample technique and temperament to play big innings and anchor it.He may end up with 60-70+ average.

  • SamRoy on March 27, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Neither Raina nor Yuvraj are going to be very successful in the next world cup, Sehwag's career is more or less over, Sachin is retired, Gambhir, we are not completely sure about. We need to groom Pujara and Dhawan

  • timtom on March 27, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Dravid - As much as I like you please do not flatter your self comparing your younger days with Pujara as they are no where near Pujara...Pujara has wide range of shots, does`nt get block one end and takes attack to opposition... Nothing which Rahul displayed in his entire career (may be once or twice )..So give credit where its due by comparing him to likes of tendulkar or Ponting..

  • on March 27, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Pujara made batting look so easy in Delhi when everyone else struggled (except: Peter Siddle), with 2 new balls and 2 bouncer an over in Odi's and next world cup in OZ India would be best served if they introduced technicians like Pujara and dare i say Dhawan in the ODi fold if we want to harbour hopes of defend our title.

  • on March 27, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Exactly what was in my mind..Pujara is a complete package of technique,agression and temprament.Currently in India's ODI top order we don't have any player accept that of Kohli who can score couple of centuries in a series.Pujara can provide the exact kinda stability that we need at the top order.As KALYANRJ said we can use him as an opener he will definitely be better than gambhir,sehwag or rahane.

  • on March 27, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Cheteswar pujara will be your anchor man in any format, on overseas pitches where its not just about making 300* totals and scoring fast but rather holding your wickets and making it to 250, he will be one to succeed.

  • on March 27, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    There are some players who play Test Cricket well but you don't play them in ODI & T20 Cricket since they're not good enough in those formats. And there are some who play Test Cricket well but you don't play them in ODI & T20 Cricket since you want them to concentrate and play Tests alone even though you know they can be very good at LOI formats as well.

    I'd rather have Pujara play on Tests despite knowing well that he can succeed in ODIs too so that he has a long and fruitful Test Career!

  • TATTUs on March 27, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Same way as I did? You were scoring at 30 per 100 balls while this guy is doing it at 70-80 [Yes I know his overall striker rate is 50, but when he scores big his strike rate goes up too].

    Any way good to see Dravid analysing a youngsters game. Thats what he should be doing, instead of commentary. Hope Pujara emulates you outside subcontinent too[preferably better than you in South Africa].

  • on March 27, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Don't you see Pujara sending signals that he wanted to play in ODI as well. He scores runs at brisk pace and also before the English ODI series, he got that massive hundred in a domestic match and forced his inclusion in the ODI team. He has ticked all the boxes as of now. Only time will tell how he fares outside subcontinent. Of course, the biggest test comes when he tours SA.

  • SamRoy on March 27, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Pujara's weakness is his bottom-handed technique and a compulsion for the hook shot which might be his undoing in overseas conditions. His strength is his timing and placement, good defense and very sound temperament. His placement is far superior to Dravid who always struggled with his placement on the off-side. Dravid was much more aggressive than Sachin in Tests but often his well timed drives used to go straight to the fielders in the circle. Had he been gifted with Sachin, VVS or Ganguly's ability to pierce the field Dravid would have scored 3000-4000 test runs more than Sachin.

  • arvindthiru on March 27, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    It might be little too early to draw comparisons, but Pujara is just doing what Hashim Amla did for SA. Amla opens in ODI and bats one down in Test for SA now and Pujara could do the same. If Pujara can display the same technique, just solid technique in SA just like how he did in India then he needs to be an Opener in ODI and one down in Tests.

  • on March 27, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    He is a lot more aggressive than dravid also not as tight.. has a penchant for scoring big.. he would make a terrific number three in the odis as well.. he doesn't seem to have all the limitations dravid seemingly had..

  • on March 27, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Pujara could very well fill in the shoes of Dravid provide he keeps his knees injury free!! I would request the team management to stop using him in forward shot leg for he has the habit of injuring himself there..

  • Nish_US on March 27, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Dhoni please listen to these experts and let Pujara play ODIs for India. He will be a great asset, especially outside the subcontinent. He is a quick learner and needs little time to adapt to the bounce as mentioned by Dravid....

  • on March 27, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    We need Pujara badly in ODIs. How often we witnessed team India 4-5 wickets down even before reaching a score of 100 in the recent ODI series against Pakistan and England and that too in Indian conditions. Having said that, Pujara should be very careful with his knee and injuries since ODIs demand lots of agility in the field. Only injury can prevent him from being the next batting Great lke Dravid, Sachin.

  • Alexk400 on March 26, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Let him score against steyn in swinging pitches. All indian players can play in Dead indian pitches. That said pujara is good in Indian pitches whether t20 or ODI or Test. So far so good. The key thing is we need to give oppurtunities to young players like 3 test chances before you drop them. Rohit sharma used up all his chances. I think we need a robust system to test ones ability like run of 3 test and run of 5 ODI together to find ones ability in particular format. Most will do well in Flat indian pitches. I think if we find few tall batsman who can excel in foreign bouncy pitches.

  • on March 26, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    I have a feeling pujara will be next Tendulkar!

  • AvidCricFan on March 26, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Does MSD know that he could succeed? He pretty much ignored him in Pak/Eng ODIs.

  • vish2020 on March 26, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Pujara will succeed in ODI is a big understatement. Of course he would We would have won the Pak series if someone had the courage to get rid of sehwag and gautam and rohit being picked and rahane with talents but no scores. We need him in top XI for champions trophy

  • Shail_sb on March 26, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Definately, he will make odi debut soon. If he perform like this. But his true test will come in next series i.e. South africa. Best of luck CP

  • GRVJPR on March 26, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Pujara really needs to run fast in order to get selected in ODI team. Very Important!

  • Great-shot444 on March 26, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Just like most of the indian batsmen he is a flat track bully . When he toured with India A to WI, he fails even against 2nd string team.

  • SAboucher on March 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    please let him be @ no3,in tests and odis so that he can have a better composition and balance...please dont promote him as an opener to spoil his temperment and class...

  • Kalyanrj on March 26, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Pujara is a run machine in the domestic cricket..He is a great batsman undoubtedly but he should be permanent 3 in batting order in test cricket....and why their not using him in odi cricket.he should be tested in opening slot in odi cricket and if he succeeded he can be permanent opener in odi cricket.He is consistent in scoring runs and also a free scoring batsman..please try him..............

  • Kalyanrj on March 26, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Pujara is a run machine in the domestic cricket..He is a great batsman undoubtedly but he should be permanent 3 in batting order in test cricket....and why their not using him in odi cricket.he should be tested in opening slot in odi cricket and if he succeeded he can be permanent opener in odi cricket.He is consistent in scoring runs and also a free scoring batsman..please try him..............

  • SAboucher on March 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    please let him be @ no3,in tests and odis so that he can have a better composition and balance...please dont promote him as an opener to spoil his temperment and class...

  • Great-shot444 on March 26, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Just like most of the indian batsmen he is a flat track bully . When he toured with India A to WI, he fails even against 2nd string team.

  • GRVJPR on March 26, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Pujara really needs to run fast in order to get selected in ODI team. Very Important!

  • Shail_sb on March 26, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Definately, he will make odi debut soon. If he perform like this. But his true test will come in next series i.e. South africa. Best of luck CP

  • vish2020 on March 26, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Pujara will succeed in ODI is a big understatement. Of course he would We would have won the Pak series if someone had the courage to get rid of sehwag and gautam and rohit being picked and rahane with talents but no scores. We need him in top XI for champions trophy

  • AvidCricFan on March 26, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Does MSD know that he could succeed? He pretty much ignored him in Pak/Eng ODIs.

  • on March 26, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    I have a feeling pujara will be next Tendulkar!

  • Alexk400 on March 26, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Let him score against steyn in swinging pitches. All indian players can play in Dead indian pitches. That said pujara is good in Indian pitches whether t20 or ODI or Test. So far so good. The key thing is we need to give oppurtunities to young players like 3 test chances before you drop them. Rohit sharma used up all his chances. I think we need a robust system to test ones ability like run of 3 test and run of 5 ODI together to find ones ability in particular format. Most will do well in Flat indian pitches. I think if we find few tall batsman who can excel in foreign bouncy pitches.

  • on March 27, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    We need Pujara badly in ODIs. How often we witnessed team India 4-5 wickets down even before reaching a score of 100 in the recent ODI series against Pakistan and England and that too in Indian conditions. Having said that, Pujara should be very careful with his knee and injuries since ODIs demand lots of agility in the field. Only injury can prevent him from being the next batting Great lke Dravid, Sachin.