Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has thanked the national team management for providing him enough support amid his indifferent performance at the big stage. The right-handed batsman said that he has not noticed the ‘outside noise’, which has been going on for the last 12 months. Pujara had been getting out early for a long time. In such a situation, the cricket pundits had said that he should be dropped from the playing XI.
Not only Cheteshwar Pujara, but former vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was also the target of critics. However, both the batsmen tried to answer their critics to some extent by scoring half-centuries in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa on Wednesday. After this, when Cheteshwar Pujara came for the press conference, he said that he was not worried about the outside noise. Team management supports them.
“Team management has always been helpful, so I would say it is just outside noise. Behind all the players, there is a hand of the coaching staff, the captain, everyone. We are working hard. There comes a time when you don’t get too many runs but the important thing as a cricketer is to follow the right routine, have a good work ethic and keep working on your game.”Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday, Cheteshwar Pujara said about his form,
Pujara didn’t have a great start to his campaign in South Africa. He started with a golden duck in the first innings of the opening Test at Centurion and then went on to score 16 runs. Pujara played a poor innings of three runs in 33 balls in the first innings of the Johannesburg Test. However, in the second innings, Pujara showed his strength by scoring 53 runs off 86 balls with the help of 10 fours and took India to a respectable score.