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March 12, 2014

Should Cheteshwar Pujara be in India's ODI XI?


He has a domestic one-day average in the mid-50s, and will provide solidity to a line-up filled with stroke-makers.


He isn't capable of scoring at a fast clip. More over, he's isn't a proven bowling option, and isn't the sharpest fielder either.


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Posted by Android on (March 26, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

because he played very well domestic and Test matches.HE IS WALL LIKE RAHUL DRAVID.

March 12, 2014, 17:57 GMT


Rahane, Rohit and Pujara are similar players. You can't have all three in the same line-up. They need time getting set and then go for shots. Out of the three, even though aesthetically pleasing, Rohit Sharma's game plan can potentially cost India the most. He takes up too many dot balls and fails to rotate the strike thus putting more pressure on his partner. Rahane on the other hand is smarter in his approach. I think he deserves a longer stretch at the top of the order.

Pujara has proved in domestic matches and test matches that he can accelerate his scoring. His fielding though is suspect. Will his knees carry him long enough to chase down balls running to the boundary regularly? This is where both Rohit Sharma and Rahane trump him. His class deserves to be rewarded with a spot sometime but I don't see him displacing either Rahane or Rohit. Too much time has been given to these two to prove themselves and we can't afford to try a new player out in the existing order.

March 26, 2014, 17:23 GMT


Pujara should play for india in Test and 1day side based on his batiing calibre. T20 is not made for his kind of batting. Management should nurture this kind of batsmen properly so that their confidence would not be dented ever. Captain and Coach should encourage him to play consistently and positively for India.

March 26, 2014, 3:45 GMT


Yes he must feature in the Indian ODI XI and Test XI at present... Let's see how he performs in IPL for Kings XI Punjab this season and comment on his T20 Carrer... World Cup 2015 is in the Bouncy and Pacy Conditions of Australia and New Zealand... Sooo he must be selected and groomed in time for World Cup'15 along with Rahane, Rayudu, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Kuldeep Yadav... Groom them and place them in the side... World Cup'15 will once again be The Men in Blue's...!!! Thank you...

March 25, 2014, 18:52 GMT


Absolutely. He has class, temperament and skills required to set-in and then expedite. We need him desperately. He will stabilize the innings and keep one end.

March 25, 2014, 14:35 GMT


Absolutely - this is a 'no contest' in my opinion. Enough has been said about this.

March 24, 2014, 12:34 GMT


i think pujara is in the team more as specialised test batsmen than an ODI player.he is not avery flexible player he plays at no 3 for india in tests wher dravid played.now the indian odi team is thouroughly balanced,especially batting dept...if pujara is included in odi eleven,he has to be played and the batting ordere has to be alternated , which i think will be a difficult task as of now...altering batting positins will spoil the whole confidence of the players ...now at a time when 2015 WC is fast approaching.at present indian side is well balnced with right kind of batsmen all rounders and capable bowlers.I think pujara shoud concentrate more in tests where he will have a major role to play in .he will have to don the role of dravid in tests..at no.3 and consolidate the team.he has a great road ahead in tests and i belive pujara is more comfortable as a test batsmen which is the most difficult format of the game...and test format suits him more where he can play his natural game.

March 19, 2014, 13:06 GMT


Indian team should have given chance to Pujara in the ODI's. In absence of Dravid he might have been a brilliant option to be included in the playing eleven.

He has all the class and strokes that makes a complete one day batsmen. He played brilliant cricket in the recent Test matches that was impressive performance than the other Indian batsmen.

Pujara showed his dominance in the Tests played abroad and made selectors to take note of his brilliance in the batting. The aggressive bowling attack and bouncers were not easy for the Indian batsmen but Pujara played it with ease.

Now the question comes that who should be shown the door from the existing playing eleven. In the middle order there is a slight scope with the all rounders, However, Pujara may face a tight challenge from the players like Raina and Rohit, and Jadeja when it comes to the fielding department but in a 50 over format you can have an average fielder and a brilliant batsmen.

March 25, 2014, 18:47 GMT


He is made for test matches and not for ODI or T20.....

March 18, 2014, 17:13 GMT


absolutely no chance for him if yuvi comes back in the odi side.he better aim for playing in the test team.