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IND vs ENG, 'Rishabh Pant Is Capable' Needs To Put Team In Commanding Positions: Cheteshwar Pujara

By IANS News
February 07, 2021 • 18:57 PM View: 1904

Cheteshwar Pujara has called on teammate Rishabh Pant, who hit 91 on the third day of the first Test, to be more selective and sensible with his shots.

"I am happy with the way overall he (Pant) is playing. He still has to learn a few more things. He still has to put the team into a commanding position because he is capable of that and he is missing out on hundreds. So I am sure that he will learn from this - I speak to him at times at the crease what are the shots he can play and what are the shots he can avoid. He just has to do it," said Pujara after the day's play.


The left-handed Pant shared a 119-run partnership with Pujara, who scored 73, for the fifth wicket as the duo looked to bring India back on track from 73/4. After Pujara's unfortunate dismissal - he was caught off a rebound from the short-leg fielder, it was left to Pant to guide India to a good total.

However, just nine short of his century, Pant went for a big shot through the off-side only to be caught at deep extra-cover. India was reduced to 225 for six, still over 350 runs behind England.

"There is clear communication with him that there are some shots which he needs to avoid. There are some shots that he can continue playing if they are in his range. Then there are times when he has to understand, and even the coaching staff always communicates with him, that he has to put the team first and be a little sensible at times. He has done that most of the time. There are times he gets out and he looks ugly, but he will learn," said Pujara who made 73.

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