Can’t clarify what Rahul Dravid means to me: Cheteshwar Pujara

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Being in comparison with Rahul Dravid is an achievement in itself and India’s Test No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara is somebody who’s fortunate sufficient to be in contrast with the previous India captain day in and day trip. Patience, approach, softness of palms, wrist-work – there are certainly a variety of similarities in the best way Dravid and Pujara method an innings. It was due to this fact, in no way a shock when Pujara was at a lack of phrases in describing Dravid’s significance in his cricketing profession.

“I can’t say in a single line what Rahul bhai means to me. He has at all times been an inspiration, and can stay one,” Pujara advised ESPNcricinfo.

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Pujara mentioned he’ll at all times stay grateful to Dravid for instructing the significance of switching off from cricket, for instructing him tips on how to maintain private {and professional} lives separate.

“He helped me perceive the significance of switching off from cricket. I had the identical thought, kind of, however after I spoke to him, it gave me a variety of readability about it and I used to be positive of what I wanted to do,” Pujara mentioned.

“I additionally noticed in county cricket how they maintain private {and professional} lives separate. I worth that recommendation loads. Many individuals think about me to be centered. Yes, I’m centered, But I additionally know when to modify off. There is life past cricket.”

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In his illustrious worldwide profession, Dravid amassed 13288 runs in 164 Tests and 10889 runs in 344 ODIs. He additionally captained India in 79 ODIs, successful 42 of them, which incorporates the world report of 14 successive wins whereas chasing.

When requested about his similarities with Dravid’s batting, Pujara mentioned the method has come of toiling in home cricket however that doesn’t imply he has tried intentionally to bat just like the Indian nice.

“There is a similarity in our video games, however that’s not due to my fascination with him. That got here primarily by means of my experiences with Saurashtra, the place I realized that scoring 100 alone isn’t sufficient, you must carry your group,” he mentioned.

“That is how I realized accountability – it’s about serving to my group to boost a giant complete, and for that I ought to connect significance to my wicket. I realized that from my junior cricket days with Saurashtra, which was a weaker group in home cricket.”

(With PTI inputs)


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