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India vs New Zealand 2016: Ian Chappell praises Cheteshwar Pujara

rohit sankar
4.59K   //    03 Oct 2016, 13:34 IST
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Cheteshwar Pujara of India bats during day one of the 2nd Test match between New Zealand and India on February 14, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Pujara’s performance in the first Test has garnered praise from Ian Chappell

Former Australian player, Ian Chappell has said that he enjoyed India’s batting against spin in the first Test against New Zealand at Kanpur and had special words of praise for Cheteshwar Pujara.

Chappell said, "It was a distinct pleasure to watch India bat in the first Test against New Zealand. It was good to see spin bowling played so well. I especially enjoyed the play of Cheteshwar Pujara. I love the way he quickly gets back to either play a forcing shot through the covers or a pull to the mid-wicket boundary.”

Pujara scored half-centuries in both innings at Kanpur amidst discussions on his strike rate, as India went on to win the match by 197 runs. 

Chappell felt many batsmen tend to close off while playing the pull against the spinners while Pujara had a more open stance while playing the shot, enabling him to create a wider arc while pulling. The 73-year-old Australian felt that Pujara and Vijay, along with Virat Kohli, are the best players of spin in the Indian batting line-up.

Chappell said that decisive footwork allows a batsman to determine the field placings. He felt that both Pujara and Vijay was impeccable in this regard, employing the late cut and shots square of the wicket to perfection.

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The 28-year old Pujara is one of the best players of spin bowling in world cricket as his record in the sub continent speaks for itself. He has been in phenomenal form in the ongoing New Zealand series, managing to score three fifties in the first two Tests, including two consecutive ones in Kanpur.

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Pujara has scored 1857 runs in the sub-continent so far in his career at an impressive average of 66.32 in 20 Tests.

The Australian said that most batsmen have lazy footwork against the spinners, looking to move outside the stumps area to thwart the spinner. This he said, makes the spinner more threatening as it opens up the batsmen. However, he felt Indians have been different in this respect.

"For some time India has been the leading light in producing batsmen who are devoid of gimmicks and rely on tried and tested methods to score at every opportunity. Whatever development methods India are employing for their young batsmen, the rest of the cricket world should start taking notice."

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