Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday reckoned Cheteshwar Pujara could provide valuable insights to his teammates ahead of India’s World Test Championship final against Australia, having played extensively in the County Championship in England.
With Pujara’s knowledge and captaincy experience (at Sussex), his input could prove invaluable, especially against Steve Smith, who is also a part of his county side.
“The fact that he is been around will mean that he will have also seen how the pitch has been behaving at The Oval,” India legend Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“He might not have played at The Oval, he might be in Sussex not too far away from London but he will have kept an eye on what is happening and his inputs will be invaluable as far as the batting unit is concerned or even as far as the captaincy is concerned.”
Gavaskar also said the Indian batters, coming off the IPL, will have to adjust their bat speed and advised them to play as late as possible, allowing for swing and avoiding the mistake of reaching out for the ball.