Former India pacer Ashish Nehra lavishes praise on Cheteshwar Pujara after the batsman struck a timely 91 to give his side a chance to draw the third Test at Headingley. Pujara is inching closer to his 19th Test century, which will be his first since he scored 193 against Australia in Sydney in January 2019. Nehra, who has played 17 Tests for India, said that he loved the sort of mindset with which Pujara has played so far and reckons he should continue playing like this
“The way Pujara batted today (on Day 3), I’ve never seen him doing something like that before. He had a positive mindset and his gameplay is completely different. I hope he wasn't under any kind of pressure related to his performance. I believe, it was his own thought process that I’d play this way today,” Nehra told Sony Sports Network.
“People say Pujara plays slow. It’s not about 5-10 Test matches. He has played around 90 games for India and has 6000 runs to his credit. You have achieved success with this batting style. Just leave what people are talking about, if he continues to play with the mindset he had today, you would witness a completely different Pujara,” he added.
Nehra is hopeful that India could stage a comeback and be in a winning position at some point in the Test.
“It’s a possibility that India can bat for the entire fourth day, take a 100-150 lead and put the pressure back on England. The way the pitch has behaved this far, winning isn’t easy but you need to cross those little milestones to stay there,” Nehra said.