Pujara should have rotated the strike a little more, reckons Steyn

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20 Jun 2021 | 09:42 AM
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Pujara should have rotated the strike a little more, reckons Steyn

The India batsman had just two scoring shots in his 54-ball knock

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored a 54-ball eight against New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. He had just two scoring shots in the innings, which were back-to-back boundaries off Neil Wagner.

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn reckons that Pujara should have rotated the strike better, which would have done him and the team a world of good.

"You want to see somebody like Pujara. Now he faced 50 balls and we know that this is kind of player that he is. But I'm sure if he looked back and looked at the sample of video analysis, he would find that there are deliveries there where he could have created the opportunity to maybe rotate a little bit more strike. I saw something come up and it was like 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and then a wicket. I'm sure in all those 50 balls, he could have rotated strike and just gotten that scoring to nudge on a little bit for himself and as well as his team." Steyn said on ESPNCricinfo.

Steyn also wants to see the other Indian batsmen rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking.

"India would be happy that they haven’t lost as many wickets but they want to be able to keep that scoreboard ticking and keep that rotation going. These are clichés of the game but they all do matter," Steyn added.

After rain washed out an entire day, India went to stumps on Day two on 146 for 3, with Virat Kohli (44*) and Ajinkya Rahane (29*) still at the crease.

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