Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar pointed that Cheteshwar Pujara’s importance to the current Indian team is underrated, considering the hard work he does for his side.

Sunil Gavaskar feels Cheteshwar Pujara’s importance to team is underrated. (AP Photo)

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  • Cheteshwar Pujara is the glue that holds this Indian batting together: Sunil Gavaskar
  • Cheteshwar Pujara is such a valuable member of the Indian team: Sunil Gavaskar
  • Pujara gives solidity and it’s not just about frustrating the opposition: Gavaskar

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar believes India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara is the “glue who is holding the Indian batting together” and his importance to the Indian team is underrated.

Pujara’s ability to lay siege and make batting easier for his middle-order colleagues and his capacity to win games for the country, albeit in the old-fashioned way of grinding down opposition bowlers has earned him the title ‘Wall 2.0’.

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“He gives solidity at one and it’s not just about frustrating the opposition. It encourages the stroke-players at the other end to play their shots without worrying about the whole team being dismissed because they know one end is held firmly by Cheteshwar Pujara. When you look at all those chases, even in Sydney when we almost made it when Pujara and Pant were together and even in Brisbane, it was Pujara’s solidity that allowed the stoke players to go and do what they do best,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.

Cheteshwar Pujara wasn’t as prolific with the bat as he was in India’s 2018-19 tour of Australia, but he was still India’s second-highest run-getter of the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar series. Pujara has been the wall for India in their day five quests but Jack Leach removed him early in Chennai.

“A lot of time because of the fact they talk about the scoring rate and all that, his importance to the team is underrated. He is such a valuable member of the team. When a wicket falls early, he is there to make sure there are no further inroads. That is what makes Pujara such a special player. The Wall, the Rock whatever you may call him, he is the glue that holds this Indian batting together. Never forget that,” Gavaskar added.



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