Published on: August 3, 2021
Indian captain Virat Kohli asked those who criticized No. 3 hitter Cheteshwar Pujara not to disturb him. According to Corley, Pujala has the experience and ability to find shortcomings in his game. Although Pujara has played some great games for the Indian team in the past, he has been struggling for running in the past few series, so his super defensive approach has been questioned. According to some critics, Pujara’s slow hitting put additional pressure on the rest of the batting lineup.
In defending Pujara in the pre-match meeting, Kohli said: “This has been going on for a while. To be honest, I think a player with the ability and experience like him should be put aside, and it should be up to the individual to figure out his. What are the shortcomings of the game.
“Like me or any other player in this team, we are very aware of what we need to do for the benefit of the team. I can say from the outside that criticism is unnecessary, but I know the fact that Pugara doesn’t care about criticism. It’s as important as what you want. People can say what they want to say outside, and these are just words at the end of the day. If you feel that they are of no value to you, you go ahead and walk on your way,” he added .
At the press conference, Kohli also shared his views on Shardul Thakur. He described the pacemaker as a multi-dimensional cricket player who has the potential to become an all-around player. The Indian captain added: “Yes, he can definitely become an all-around player. He is already a multi-dimensional cricket player, and it’s all about his growing self-confidence…like him The people bring a lot of balanced test teams or games of any kind.
“So far, Hardick has done this, and he is returning to the track of regular bowling. These cricketers help the team in a large-scale way, and Shardul is a huge prospect for us. . A person who is not only very important in this series, but will continue to move forward,” Corley said further.
Looking back at the 2018 series, despite India leading many times, but still losing 1-4, Kohli asserted that the players are better prepared for the challenge this time. The Indian captain said: “The players who were inexperienced in 2018 are now more experienced. Yes, there will be failures, but we will have enough players to raise their hands and be counted under pressure. From the previous series The key knowledge learned is to understand the art of damage control. Know how to control damage when things don’t go well. The cricket test is about going through various situations and then using them when things change.”
The first test of the five-game series will be held in Nottingham starting Wednesday