Rohit Sharma has cleared there was never any discussion about Cheteshwar Pujara and his form in the Indian dressing room. India’s number three has struggled for a long time now but he stood tall for his team on Day three of the Headingley Test scoring an unbeaten 91 in the second innings. A different Pujara was on show as he collected runs fairly quickly punishing bad balls frequently.
Rohit stated that the talks about his form has been going on only outside but the team had never doubt about Pujara, his experience and quality he brings to the side.
“To be honest there hasn’t been any talk about Pujara’s batting. I think the talks are only happening outside. Not a single conversation has happened with Pujara regarding his form inside the team dressing room. We know the quality he brings, we know the experience he brings. When you have a guy like that, I don’t think there needs to be much discussion,” Rohit said according to ESPNCricinfo after the end of day’s play.
Rohit Sharma was also quick to remind everyone how Pujara batted in the second innings at Lord’s forging a crucial 100-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. Pujara had battled for 206 balls to muster 45 runs and though the innings was slow, it wore down England bowlers and what followed was memorable on the final day.
“If you talk about his recent performance, yes I mean he has not scored runs but we saw a crucial partnership between him and Ajinkya at Lord’s. Not to forget what he did in Australia. Those were crucial innings for us winning that historic Test series in Australia. We tend to forget, our memories are a little bit short,” Rohit added.
Meanwhile, India will hope that Pujara continues to bat the same way on the fourth day as well. With skipper Virat Kohli also looking good in the middle, the visitors will be keen on turning things around. However, they will have to face the new Dukes ball first up and will have to negate it in the first session before churning runs easily on a flat pitch.