Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the squad for the home Test series against Sri Lanka earlier this year after his dip in form. However, the accomplished cricketer made a comeback for the rescheduled Fifth Test against England, having scored runs en masse in County Cricket, as well as the domestic circuit. Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif was full of praise for Pujara, saying the veteran set an example for young players as he did not lose hope after being dropped.
Kaif said the selectors made a mistake by dropping Pujara and the batsman made them give up with his performance.
“The way he raced after being dropped set an example for younger players on how to make a comeback. He went to county cricket, scoring ages in four-day matches and 50 overs, prompting selectors to recall him. He made the selectors surrender in front of him," Kaif told NDTV during an interaction hosted by Sony Sports Network.
Kaif also suggested that the Indian team needs players like Pujara who can hit with pace and friendly runs, adding that age is just a number for a player of his caliber.
"Age has nothing to do with cricket. It's a skill-based game. It's not football, where you have to run up and down all the time during the match. Age is really an advantage. You learn through experience and improve. Pujara, Kohli and Rohit and excellent examples. Test cricket is a skill-based format, you have to play for days, and it takes experience. You need players who can turn, and track and you will only get better with time. Pujara is a good example,” she added.
India takes on Bangladesh in a two-match test series on Wednesday 14 December.
India captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the first match with a thumb injury.
In his absence, KL Rahul will lead the team while Pujara will fill in.
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