Sourav Ganguly has been one of the best captains the world has seen in cricket. When he put forth an opinion about something, it carried its worth in gold.
Recently, Ganguly was present at the Kolkata book launch of his memoir 'A Century Is Not Enough', which was attended by Cheteshwar Pujara.
He said that, "Along with Virat Kohli in this team Pujara's record is as good as anybody. He's from that old school of cricket where he will grind you, and win you matches but he goes unnoticed.”
"The best team had the best number three. When India played at its best the best number three was (Rahul) Dravid. When India played at its best away, it's Pujara at number three," Ganguly said.
Ganguly further said, "They actually take the shine off the new ball, allow the stroke makers to make batting easier. He (Pujara) is as important to this Test team as Virat Kohli. But sometimes he goes unnoticed. Look at his Test records, after 57 Tests, he has 14 hundreds."
Pujara will be playing for Yorkshire, after the IPL snub. He said, "I still prefer to play in the old school, spend a lot of time at the crease, read situation and then start scoring runs. Once you assess the conditions, you know what the bowlers are up to and you are in a different zone. I don't need to worry about playing shots it comes naturally."
"Obviously not for Tests, but when I practised for T20 matches, I practised reverse sweeps. If you need to get better at something, you need to start playing the shots. To get myself better in one-dayers and T20s, I also started playing lofted shots. Before five-six years, I never used to play any lofted shots. I've been working in that in the nets, when it comes off they (teammates) are very happy about it," he said.
(With inputs from Times of India)