Cheteshwar Pujara found a lot of praise for his stupendous hundred that kept India in the game and in the series at Southampton. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar too was mighty impressed by the innings
"He was coming off a rough patch and also he hadn't really scored as many runs as he'd have liked in the last 10-11 innings for India," Bangar was quoted as saying in an espn.in report.
"He was struggling a bit when he joined the team but you cannot really make decisions based on how one does in the first-class format because he's a proven international player. Obviously, certain areas had to be worked on. He had to get his balance right and he also had to get his footwork right. Those were the two areas we worked on as a support-staff group - including Ravi and myself,” Bangar admitted about Pujara.
What stood out about Pujara’s innings on the day was the manner in which he kept calm even as there was pandemonium at the other end created by Moeen Ali.
On this aspect or his innings, Bangar explained, "Talent can not only be seen in class, but also in a strong will. He showed mental strength, patience and the concentration today. If you have all those characteristics then you can show that, even if you have some limitations in terms of scoring areas or not possessing all the strokes, then you can become an effective Test player."
--By A Cricket Correspondent