IPL 2021: Hesitant to be a part of T20 format, Pujara shares his views ahead of the tournament
After a time period of seven years, Cheteshwar Pujara will be seen back on field wearing the yellow tiger’s jersey representing MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. With a not so good career in the T20 crciket, Pujara is all set to give a fresh start to his 20 over cricket career once again. A source from Crckinfo revealed about how hard it was for Pujara to shift from a test format to a T20 format.
Pujara has been hesitant to change his game for the shorter format in the past, fearful that it will affect his batting in Test cricket, where he is known as the New Wall of India and one of the magnificient in the country’s history. However, he believes that with time and maturity, those inhibitions have dissipated.
“Absolutely. It all comes with experience. When I was playing the T20 format in the past, I had a little bit of a worry that what if my Test cricket gets spoiled? Then there will be some technical error once the IPL gets over. But now I am over that. What I realised over a period of time is my natural game, my strengths, will never go away,” said Pujara.
Pujara mentioned about his consultant advice with Dravid, former Indian Crciketer, in which he told that his natural game and core won’t get effected with him playing the T20 format cricket.
“This advice I got from Rahul bhai long ago, but I would still like to mention it. He told me that your natural game will not change although you try playing different shots. I started playing cricket at an early age. I made my first-class debut in 2005-06. So it is almost 15 years now where I’ve played this game. So if I am playing the T20 format now, when I prepare for a Test series I won’t forget Test cricket. Adapting to T20 format and moving into Test cricket again won’t be an issue, for sure,” said Pujara.