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WATCH | Pujara's Contribution has been as Close to Kohli's in Last Couple of Years: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | January 8, 2019, 12:59 PM IST

GK: Now before we finish Anil, I wanted to you to touch upon two or three of the individuals that stood out in the series, I know we have discussed Pujara extensively before but at the end of the series, three hundreds, the top run-getter, 500 plus runs. Has he in a sense brought back this form of Test match batting which was almost ridiculed in recent years?

AK: I am really happy for someone like Cheteshwar Pujara because he never got the credit. I mean if you look at all the victories in the last couple of years. Credit should be given to the captain Virat not just for being the captain but also what he has done with the bat. But similarly, Pujara's contribution has been not close to Virat but as close to Virat as possible. And he has been exceptional as a batsman. Just because he is not flamboyant and he plays only one format of the game, people tend to forget his contribution. And Test cricket is all about doing the boring things repeatedly whether you are a bowler whether you are a batsman. I think that is what Pujara exemplifies and he has shown that with the technique he has and whatever limitations he may have, he plays within that and he plays it with determination and a lot of patience and then he doesn't worry about strike rates. I know there are a lot of people still talking about strike rates, hopefully after this performance of Pujara everybody will shut up talking about the strike rates because it is not about the strike rates, it is about getting the runs doing the job for the team, that is exactly what Pujara does.

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