AUS v IND 2018-19: Langer rates an aspect of Pujara's batting higher than Dravid and Tendulkar

Cheteshwar Pujara was outstanding with the bat in the series against Australia.

Cheteshwar Pujara won the man of the series | GETTY

Australia coach Justin Langer is awe of Cheteshwar Pujara's batting. Pujara was the highest scorer in the recently concluded series between India and Australia. He scored 521 runs which included three hundreds in four Tests. 

Langer lauded Pujara's concentration and went on to say that he is way better than legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in this aspect. “...I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsmen and bowlers,” Langer said.

Langer admitted his bowlers were tired after Pujara played marathon innings in Melbourne and Sydney. “The guys are working very hard and they are going okay. The first innings in Melbourne and Sydney, honestly, sucked the life out of us because when you are in the field for two days, with only one spin bowler, that takes energy out of the group,” he said after the 4-match Test series.

“We have the best spinner and three outstanding pace bowlers, against the outstanding Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. So it takes some mental and physical energy out.

“There are new players and new staff for these three games, so that brings new energy to the group...,” he added. 

Australian pacers were ineffective during the series and that put them under criticism after a pale performance.

“...they copped some pretty strong criticism throughout the series. But on two very flat wickets, they kept running in hard and having a go and in this instance, they were beaten by some a brilliant Indian side. We were beaten by a better side,” he conceded.

(With PTI Inputs)


By Sihyeu Singh - 10 Jan, 2019

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