Gavaskar wants to see Pujara replicate his home form during overseas tours
India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has announced that while Cheteshwar Pujara may currently be enjoying all the success he is having in Test cricket, the real test for the 25-year-old will come after veteran duo Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have retired.
Gavaskar heaped praise on Pujara for his stellar performance against Australia in the recently concluded four-Test series, especially for his outstanding double century in the second Test in Hyderabad.
“India have a very good Test batsman in Pujara,” Gavaskar said. “There were talks of Rahul Dravid’s replacement and Pujara may just be the answer to that query. Indian batting in the coming days will revolve around him.
“It will however be interesting to see how he approaches the game when he becomes the number one batsman in the team, when seniors like Sachin and Sehwag retire because for now, Pujara is more of a buffer batsman in the side.”
Pujara has currently scored four centuries and three half-centuries at the Test level, but all of them have come on home soil, and Gavaskar wants to see the young batsman step up and show the same type of form when India travel abroad.
“In his three innings vs South Africa (in 2010-11), Pujara scored 31,” Gavaskar added. “(But) first overseas tour is always difficult. Look at how some of the more accomplished Aussie batsmen are struggling in India. Form overseas isn’t easy but it will come.”
Despite having struggled on his first overseas tour, Gavaskar urged the Indian selectors to be patient with Pujara and added that he will become a major asset to India in the longer format if he continues producing performances like the one at Hyderabad.
“Be patient with him,” Gavaskar reiterated. “He has the hunger and the temperament but he may not be able to replicate his Indian form overseas.”