- Mohinder Amarnath has backed Cheteshwar Pujara to be selected in the playing 11 for the 2nd Test match
- The former Indian player believes that Pujara’s technique could be perfect for the moving ball in England
- Amarnath believes that Ravindra Jadeja could also come into the playing 11 in place of Hardik Pandya, giving a nice foil to the three pacers
The second Test match between India and England starts off at Lords in London tomorrow with the visitors trailing 1-0 after their narrow 31-run defeat in the Edgbaston Test match.
Before the toss, tomorrow morning in London, Captain Kohli and the management must answer some key questions, in order to have the best chance to come back into the series. The most important question that Kohli will need to answer tonight is whether Cheteshwar Pujara should be recalled into the playing 11, after his surprise exclusion from the 1st Test match.
Latest Cricket News: Pujara’s technique and patience could be key in moving conditions like the 1st Test match
Former World Cup winner Mohinder Amarnath recently wrote in his column for TOI, speaking about the Indian cricket team and the changes the batsman need to make in order to be more effective from here on and not burden Kohli with all the run-scoring pressure.
The 67-year-old speaking in favour of Pujara selection said,”The team selection, too, needs to be looked into. When batsmen are struggling with the moving ball, it might be a good idea to induct Cheteshwar Pujara into the side. I know he is not in great form, but he has the ability to occupy the crease and just needs time in the middle to rediscover his touch.”
Although Pujara didn’t have the best of times during the county season in England this summer. However, we must remember that the 30-year-old was the highest run-scorer for India in Test matches in 2017 and was internationally only behind former Australian captain Virat Kohli. His patience and ability to spend time at the crease was something India dearly missed in the 1st Test match as they fell 31 runs short of the target.
Latest Cricket News: Top order needs to work hard on their technique, can’t play like how they play in the Indian subcontinent
Former Indian cricket Mohinder Amarnath also had some words of advice for the Indian batsmen who completely let down their captain in the 1st Test match. The likes of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane struggled throughout the match and failed to contribute anything significant to the team’s cause after the bowlers had got them into a winning position.
Amarnath said,”However, the batting was a reflection of the fact that the top-order needs to really work on their technique, and quickly. Some of the shortcomings I could pick out were that they were too loose, lacked balance and had too much bat speed on their shots.
They also can’t rely on bat speed and go hard at the ball like they do in the subcontinent. They need to play with soft hands and also play and score more runs on the backfoot. The Indians need to take a leaf out of Virat Kohli’s book and tighten up their game.”
In his column for Times of India, Amarnath was also of the opinion that Ravindra Jadeja could be included in the playing 11 in place of Hardik Pandya. Jadeja could be a perfect foil for the 3 pacers and Ashwin, who again was fantastic in the 1st Test match.
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