Pujara will excel in ODI cricket: Rahul Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid said Cheteshwar Pujara, who succeeded him at No 3 position in the Test side, has it in him to be a successful player in ODIs as well.

Cheteshwar Pujara. Pic/AFP

“He had a great start to his international career, in fact a much better start than I did. I think he has been brought up in the old school of batsmanship. He is developing more shots and he approaches Test cricket in the same way as I did,” Dravid said during an interaction with fans at an ESPNcricinfo event yesterday.

Since making his Test debut against Australia in 2010, Pujara has played 18 Test innings, scored 1180 runs, and averaged 65.55. Pujara hasn’t made his ODI debut yet, but in 61 domestic one-day matches he averages 56.97, with eight hundreds and 17 fifties. “He’s got some good basics in place. You can see that he is constantly improving and he is someone who will find answers to questions. He is going to have his ups and downs and face a lot of challenges adapting to different forms of the game and conditions,” Dravid said.

“With his attitude and the way he is going about playing his cricket, I think he will find answers to a lot of these questions and one of them will be one-day cricket,” he added.

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