AUS v IND 2020-21: "Go and talk to batting coach", Gavaskar's simple advice for out of nick Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara hasn't found his touch yet in the Test matches against Australia.

Cheteshwar Pujara has scored just 63 runs in the first two Tests | Getty

Team India's most dependable batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has not been able to score runs in the ongoing Test series against Australia. But that doesn't really point to the fact that he's out of form. He's been served a couple of jaffas in the four innings that he's faced so far and that has kept his run tally to just 63.

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has offered a simple piece of advice to India's No. 3 and that is to have a chat with the batting coach Vikram Rathour, who has been appointed for problems like these.

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Sunil Gavaskar told India Today in an exclusive interview, "He (Cheteshwar Pujara) should go and talk to the batting coach Vikram Rathour. That's what I would tell him because that is why people have been appointed for."

"He has got some beauties. The one in Adelaide which he had to play, the one at Melbourne in the 1st innings, he got terrific deliveries. There is not much a batsman can do when a bowler bowls a delivery like that.

In the 2nd innings, it felt like he wanted to finish off the match so he played an uncharacteristic shot. That is not what you would see from Pujara, especially at the start of the innings," he added.

The 71-year-old was further asked whether Rathour has managed to fix the backlift of Mayank Agarwal, who is also not being able to find the middle of his bat in the Test series.

"Well, you have to check with him," Gavaskar answered cheekily.

Agarwal finds himself in a tough situation now with Rohit Sharma set to join the team and itching to get back into the XI post-injury. As the debutant opener, Shubman Gill showed positive results, the management might look at Agarwal to make a place for Rohit in Sydney.

(With inputs from India Today)


By Sameer Deodhar - 30 Dec, 2020

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