When Cheteshwar Pujara entered the Indian team, he was considered the successor of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid, who would retire in a few years. The post fell vacant, and Pujara rightly made it his own by scoring a double century against England in Ahmedabad in 2012. He has not looked back since then and has grown from strength to strength.
Pujara first met Dravid when he was the captain of India. It was in 2007 when he had come to play a match in Rajkot and that’s when he met Dravid for the first time as a fan boy. Many years later, the roles have changed. While Pujara is desperate to make a comeback, Dravid is the head coach.
“Rahul bhai has always been an inspiration to me. When I first met him in 2007, he was leading the Indian team. He had come to Rajkot. That was my first interaction with him as a young kid,” Pujara said on BCCI.tv.
“After that, I have always been in touch, I have learned a lot from him as a cricketer when I was playing with him and even after he retired and coached the India A team, he has always been helpful. “
Pujara was doing well till 2019 but after this point, his form declined and he was finally dropped after India’s 2-1 loss to South Africa earlier this year. He made a comeback in the team on the basis of stellar performances in the English county and Ranji Trophy.
The Saurashtra cricketers would like to take all possible help from Dravid to seal the deal.
“He always keeps things simple, he has great ideas about batting, he doesn’t complicate things. It is always good to learn from him, it is always good to work with Rahul bhai. It’s a good environment to be here, even when we played here in 2021, when the Ravi (Shastri) bhai was around, the way people played (were fantastic),” he said.
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