Cheteshwar Pujara believes Ajinkya Rahane is only one good knock away from getting back in form

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Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are the backbone of the Indian batting unit (Scroll.in)
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Team India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara bestowed faith in his middle-order partner and skipper for the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane. The stand-in skipper is under the scanner following a poor patch of form that began after his iconic century in the Boxing Day Test last year. 

Cheteshwar Pujara believes Ajinkya Rahane is only one good knock away from getting back in form
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are the backbone of the Indian batting unit (Scroll.in)

Along with Rahane, the rest of the middle-order are under the scanner too due to their inconsistency in the recent past. The department could get a revamp with the inclusion of the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav in the squad. Pujara noted that Rahane only needs one good inning to get back to his best. While speaking in a virtual press conference ahead of the first Test in Kanpur, Pujara said:

“He is a great player but there are times when a player goes through tough times and that’s part of the game. So there will be ups and downs but he is a confident player, one who works very hard on his game and I am very sure and he is just one innings away from getting a big score.

“Once he gets a big hundred, he will back in form. He has been working hard in the nets and I have been seeing the way he has been batting. He is in good touch.”

I am not bothered about my hundred: Pujara 

Much like Virat Kohli, who notched his last ton two years ago, on this day, the century drought has been plaguing Pujara as well. He addressed those concerns and claimed that he would much rather score fifties that help the team secure victories, a trend which was observed in India’s tour of Australia last year. Pujara added:

“As far as my hundred is concerned, when it has to happen it will happen. My job is to bat well for the team and it’s not that I haven’t been getting runs. I have got 80s and 90s. As long as I am batting well and contributing for the team, I am not bothered about my hundred. It’s matter of one innings,”

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