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“He made the choosers surrender”: Mohammed Kaif on Indian veterans


Indian Cheteshwar Pujara, earlier this year, was dropped from the team in the Home Test series against Sri Lanka, after his form dropped. However, the veteran cricketer returned in the rescheduled Thursday Test against England, after scoring multiple goals in County cricket, as well as the domestic round. Former Indian tennis player Mohammed Kaif was full of praise for Pujara, saying that the veteran had set an example for young players by not giving up hope after being eliminated.

Kaif says the selectors made the mistake of dropping Pujara, and the batter, with his performance, made them surrender.

“The way he scored after being knocked out, he set an example for young players on how to come back. He played County cricket, he scored for centuries in four-day matches and matches over 50 games, which prompted the selectors to call him back. He made the selectors surrender in front of him,” Kaif told NDTV during an interaction hosted by Sony Sports. Network organization.

Kaif also suggested that the Indian team need players like Pujara who can hit the ball with speed as well as spin-friendly tracks, adding that age is just a number for a mid-range player. his size.

“Age has nothing to do with cricket. It’s a skill-based game. It’s not football where you have to run up and down constantly during the match. In fact, age is a plus. You learn from experience and improve Pujara, Kohli and Rohit and good examples Cricket is a skill based format, you have to play for days and you need experience to do that. You need players who can turn, as well as track the seam, and you just get better over time. Pujara is a prime example,” he added.

India will take on Bangladesh in a two-match Test series, starting Wednesday, December 14.

India captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the first match due to a thumb injury.

In his absence, KL Rahul will lead the group, while Pujara will represent.

Watch Bangladesh vs India LIVE coverage – First test on Sony Sports Ten 5 channels Dec 14-18 at 9:00am IST

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