Cheteshwar Pujara’s form important when India start overseas tours: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly was all praise for India’s man of the moment — Cheteshwar Pujara.Pujara scored his 13th Test ton and third consecutive hundred against Sri Lanka as his unbeaten 128 helped India post 344/3 at the end of first day’s play in Colombo.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly wished him luck and hoped that he scores more runs as his form will be important for India when they start touring abroad.”Terrific player. It’s a remarkable turnaround since the West Indies tour. Doesn’t get picked in ODIs, doesn’t play IPL but he comes and gets runs in Test cricket. His hunger is amazing and it’s great to see him getting all these runs,” he said.”Wish him many more and hopefully he continues the run-scoring spree. India will start to go away and Pujara’s form at No. 3 will be important,” Ganguly added.The former India captain also heaped praise on KL Rahul, who slammed his sixth consecutive fifty on Wednesday. Rahul suffered a shoulder injury after the Australia series that kept him out of the IPL earlier this year. He also missed the first Test due to fever but made a strong comeback to score 82-ball 57 before getting run out due to a terrible mixup.”He’s a very good player. He’s a player for all formats for India. He’s got to be careful about his injuries. The more he plays the better he is going to be,” Ganguly said.”The run-out was a misunderstanding. It happens. Rahul will be disappointed to not get a 100 against this attack,” he added.advertisementThe southpaw also had good things to say about the patchy Ajinkya Rahane, who returned to form with an important unbeaten 103. This was his first century since his career-best 188 against New Zealand at Indore in October last year. The left-hander said that this will give Rahane great confidence as he’s an important member of the team.”He must be satisfied because he got a 100 after a long time. Had a tough time in the middle and he should be happy because he has come back and scored runs. Yes this is not the best attack as he has scored hundreds against. He has done so against stronger attacks like England and Australia’s. It’s just to push his confidence as he is an important part of this team,” he said.The 45-year-old also said that India are the clear favourites to win the game after a strong performance on Day 1 of the Test match.”Super start. Great toss to win on the surface and India are on the driver’s seat on day 1. It’s a simple game for India from this date,” Ganguly said.”There’s only one team who’s winning this Test,” he added.last_img

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