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Early to compare Pujara with Dravid, says Kapil

Kapil Dev

New Delhi: Legendary Kapil Dev on Friday heaped praise on Cheteshwar Pujara but said it was too early to say that India have found Rahul Dravid’s replacement.

“He has just started. He has shown great temperament but you cannot compare him with Rahul so early. Let him make his own position in the team and name for himself.

“It is unfair to put him under pressure and say he is the replacement of so and so. Rahul gave 15 years to cricket and then became what he is,” said Kapil.

On the Ahmedabad pitch, which is tailor-made for the Indians, Kapil said the goal is to win the Test. “You must win a Test match and that is important. India must see what is their biggest strength and they should play to that. But in domestic cricket the wickets should improve. That must be monitored,” Kapil said.

Meanwhile, Geoffrey Boycott has questioned England’s ability to play spin on the turning subcontinent pitches. “We haven’t really proved in our mind or in our technique that we can play spin... Part of it’s in the head. Everything looks okay and suddenly we’re three down. We’ve had 18 overs of England batting and we’re talking about the follow-on, which tells us everything,” he said.

(PTI)