Cheteshwar Pujara’s latest form is a matter of concern for Team India. Pujara’s bat was silent even in the first innings of the Second Test at Lord’s against England and he scored only 9 runs. Pujara has not crossed the boundary for 25 of his past 10 innings and has struggled with every run. In the second Test, James Anderson hunted Pooja and caught Johnny Byr Stowe and sent him to the pavilion. Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif has claimed that Pujara failed to understand Anderson in the Lord’s Test and lost his wicket. Kaif said Pooja had doubts in his mind about one or two innings and that is why he was working so hard.
Pujara in 2018, his bat is coming towards the mid off and in 2021 it is coming towards the mid on. His right shoulder and hips have been more open lately, prompting that bat angle downward. pic.twitter.com/LHaVXl3sNA
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Speaking on ‘Sony Sports’, Kaif said,’ It is obvious that Pooja is under pressure. He’s counting his innings he shouldn’t, but it’s not easy. You can praise the bowler, but I think his biggest mistake was that Pooja threw the bat out of his body on this pitch. This time the ball was off-stump, but he was mostly out after taking the heavy edge off the bat. In the last innings he played, the ball was inside the stump, it was the bowler, the ball went down and out, there was a huge margin.
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Talking about Pujara’s batting, Kaif said, ‘Here he was off the stumps. When your footwork is not working and a player like Pooja starts playing outside off-stump, it means one or two innings in their minds and players are waiting in the wings. While at Pooja Farm, there was a big game between his bat and pad, he played ball close to the body and that was his strength. He is not an aggressive batsman and he will make you tired. His defense is his strength.