Mid-day – Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday India’s Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is as good as captain Virat Kohli when it comes to the five-day format.

Summary

  • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday India’s Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is as good as captain Virat Kohli when it comes to the five-day format.
  • I don’t need to worry about playing shots, it comes naturally,” said Pujara who took 54 balls to get off the mark in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
  • Pujara, who does not play white-ball cricket for India, said he is now also playing lofted shots and reverse sweeps for the shorter format.
  • Walking down the memory lane, Ganguly said his father sent him a chit during the famous India-Australia Eden Gardens second Test in 2001 which changed the face of Indian cricket.
  • After skittling out for a paltry 171 in reply to Australia’s 445 in the first innings, India under Ganguly fought back valiantly to declare at 657/7 in the second dig, setting Australia a target of 384 and winning by 171 runs.


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