“I Didn’t Play…”: Cheteshwar Pujara On How CSK Stint Helped Him In Shorter Formats

"I haven't played...": Cheteshwar Pujara on how CSK Stint helped him in shorter formats

Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates a century for Sussex.© Twitter

Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara was on top form for Sussex in the One Day Cup. Known as a test specialist, Pujara scored 624 runs from nine games, including three centuries and two fifties at an average of nearly 90, hitting 112. Only played five ODIs in his career so far. Though he has been handpicked by a few Indian Premier League teams, Pujara has been unable to break through into the playing XI. He was last selected in the IPL by the Chennai Super Kings in 2021 but did not play a single match.

In a recent interaction, Pujara revealed how the blunt CSK prompted him to add a new dimension to his percussion.

“This is definitely another side of my game. There’s no doubt about it. The pitches were good, somewhat flat, but even on those surfaces you have to have the intention to score with a higher hitting speed. This is something I’ve always had working on it,” Pujara said in “The Cricket Podcast.”

“I was part of CSK a year before and when I wasn’t playing any matches and watching the guys prepare, I told myself if I want to play the shorter format I need to be a little more fearless. I always used to play a ​big price on my wicket, but I have the shorter formats, you still want to put your shots in your game,” he continued.

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Pujara went on to reveal how batting coach Grant Flower helped him add another layer to his batting in the shorter formats.

“I’ve been working on it for the Royal London One-Day Cup. I went with Grant and talked to him that there are some shots I want to work on. When we were training, he told me I’m doing those very well and that gave me confidence. I thought if I could keep working on some of the loft shots that could help me and if I can execute those I could be successful even in shorter formats,” he added.

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