'Form is temporary, class is permanent' applies to me and Rahane: Pujara

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05 Jan 2022 | 06:19 PM
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'Form is temporary, class is permanent' applies to me and Rahane: Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara said that he and Ajinkya Rahane have the backing of the team management despite their form

Cheteshwar Pujara said he is a firm believer in the saying "form is temporary but class is permanent" and holds true for him and Ajinkya Rahane following their half-centuries which kept India in contention for a win in the second Test at Centuion.

The pair added 111-run stand for the third wicket in the second innings as India set South Africa a target of 240 runs. 

Asked if he and Rahane felt the pressure after legendary Sunil Gavaskar had predicted that second innings could be their last chance, Pujara replied.

"We are confident and there is lot of backing from team management. We have always been learning from Sunny bhai and whenever I have spoken to him, he has always been supportive," Pujara said on Wednesday.

Pujara scored 53 while Rahane scored 58 before Indian wickets fell in a heap to end their second innings at 266 all out. The Saurashtra batter said that the management has faith in them as they have performed well in the past.

"Yes, there are times when you are going through bad form, there will be questions but we are confident players. Myself and Ajinkya and we know we are working hard on our game and there's a saying form is temporary but class is permanent and it applies here.

"We have done well in past and management has showed a lot of faith in us and it has paid for sure and once batter is back in form, you keep scoring runs and keep going up and up," he said.

For Pujara it has been a great thing that both coach Rahul Dravid and captain Virat Kohli have supported him.

"The team management has always been supportive except the outside noise, coaching staff, captain everyone has been behind the players.

"There are times when you don't get too many runs but important is to follow right routine and keep working on game because at times, you won't get runs but if you follow the right processes, you will get runs and this is what has happened. I am sure this form will continue."

Pujara felt that the heavy roller on Day 3 will help the Indian bowlers in the first hour of Thursday's play. South Africa lost the wickets of Aiden Markram and Keegan Pietersen and need 122 runs to win with captain Dean Elgar batting on 46 and Rassie van der Dussen not out on 11.

"I think with heavy roller, the pitch settles a bit, it takes little bit of time for cracks to open up as the dents are there and it settles down a bit. After an hour or so it starts having variable bounce, that's what we are expecting tomorrow, first hour it might play nicely," he said.

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