Mohammad Rizwan and Cheteshwar Pujara: Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan is very impressed with the back to back centuries of his fellow player Cheteshwar Pujara in county cricket. He has praised Pujara’s concentration a lot. Rizwan says that in terms of concentration, he includes Cheteshwar Pujara in the top-3 batsmen.
Rizwan says, ‘He (Cheteshwar Pujara) is a very good person. His concentration and focus is unmatched. If you get a chance to learn something from them, then you should definitely learn from them. The three players I consider the best in terms of concentration are Younis bhai, Fawad Alam and Pujara. Pujara is at number two in my list and Fawad is at number three.
It is worth noting that Pujara and Rizwan are playing for Sussex in County Championship Division-2. Playing for Sussex, Pujara has scored four consecutive centuries in the last four county matches. Including two double centuries. Pujara and Rizwan shared a 154-run partnership against Durham this month. Playing these two together was the subject of much discussion on social media.
Rizwan also learns a lot from Pujara during this time. He says, ‘When I got out early in county cricket, I talked to Pujara. He gave me some important advice, including advice on playing close to the body. Everyone knows that for the last few years, we have been playing white ball cricket a lot, in which sometimes it becomes necessary to play away from the body. In white-ball cricket, we don’t play close to the body because the ball doesn’t swing and seam that much.
Rizwan says, ‘In the early matches of the county, I was playing shots away from the body and that is why I got out twice in the same way. Then I went to him (Pujara) during net practice. He said that when we play in Asia, we force the ball by playing drive shots. We don’t need to do that here. We need to play close to the body. These are the things I have learned from him.
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