How Cheteshwar Pujara became the God of red ball cricket?

Cheteshwar Pujara’s Early life, Cricket journey, Family drama, Big controversies and many more things are the real reason for that he is the God of red ball cricket.

Very few know you when you come from a small village but everyone will have reason to look after you once you do some big things despite of your struggle. Yes, today we are going to talk about the pillar of the world’s best cricket playing nation. Currently Indian cricket team is not perfect without Pujara.

Pujara is a man of desire to make test cricket more interesting by his classy shots. Test cricket is really not complete without the service of Cheteshwar pujara.

Before you go to read this full article you should know this mandatory things about Cheteshwar Pujara:

  • Pujara’s father served in Indian Railway as Clerk.
  • Arvind Pujara, the father of Cheteshwar Pujara also did wicket keeping duties for India.
  • Along with Cheteshwar Pujara his father also trained some local cricket players who later played for Saurashtra.
  • Rahul Dravid is the batting idol of Pujara.
  • Chintu is the nickname of Cheteshwar Pujara.
  • Due to lack of money to train Pujara, His father bowled to teach him batting.
  • Pujara learned to remain cool in all circumstances from his father.

Now it’s time to bring you to the real matter. But You should also know why Pujara is  specialist batsman in only test cricket where strike rate is not very important.

When Pujara became mature he started to learn with class & that time his main focus was to create list of shots which he may proud to play. And we are really proud to see how classy shot Pujara plays in these days.

With just learning ground shots and ample of time spending in creating classy shots he forgot to focus on increasing strike rate. He knew it later that he could have done more on strike rate.

Pujara also played for Saurashtra Cricket Association for several years. Pujara has once again earned a tag of ‘The Wall’. The opposition team’s bowler’s face says everything when Pujara comes on the pitch to bat.

One thing which makes Cheteshwar Pujara different than anyone else is his strict method on pitch. Remember, He never change his basics.

Let’s start about early life of Pujara when he was just learning.

Cheteshwar Pujara: Early schooling days & Education Qualifications

A small kid from a Kathiyawadi family can only expect fafada & jalebi from his family if he is a normal man with no high aim. Pujara was different in that group that is why he is best test cricketer today.

Pujara started playing cricket from his school where he captained for many years. His teacher used to say that “Ye bacha ek din bada banega”. His calm nature was also a thing to watch when he bats. We all have witnessed his calm nature in his celebration pose when he score some knock or when team wins.

Pujara’s Mother’s fight ends with cancer

The biggest and most heartening incident which broke Pujara family was his mother’s fight with Cancer. His mother was suffering from cancer from a long time. But it was very difficult for a 17 year child to digest that his mother is no more. Pujara’s father did everything that he could do but mother is mother.

The world has everything to replace but the place of mother is still on the top of every other thing that exist in this entire world. Slowly Pujara came out of this incident and again started to focus on his cricket journey which was stopped for while.

Now let’s move to the college life of Pujara which very few people know. We have known from some reliable sources that Pujara has completed BBA from a state Government University. But after initial schooling days, He stopped to give more focus on studies and the whole emphasis was on cricket grounds only. He forgot to think about any other thing which was not related to cricket.

Financial crises came as biggest obstacle for Cheteshwar Pujara:

Parents of Cheteshwar Pujara were very helpful to teach him every art of cricket. Initially Pujara faced some financial difficulties to get best training from best coach. But later his father Arvind Pujara decided to bowl her to teach him batting. With Pujara was in good touch in Cricket his father Arvind Pujara decided to give training to more players. You won’t believe that his father never charged a single money for cricket training.

Now this was the time when he was doing very well on nets and decided to join local cricket club to get more success in his game. Day by day his cricketing skills were increasing. But he was never distracted from any obstacles which came in his life.

His calm nature and temperament showed everyone that he is really a gentle person. This nature of Pujara was really different as the people of Rajkot are generally hot-blooded.

Pujara’s failed IPL journey & alternate of IPL:

The continuous performance in Ranji trophy year by year made him the star of that time in Ranji trophy. Selectors couldn’t stop them to pick Pujara in Indian test team.

2013 was the golden year for Pujara as he received Emerging Player award for 4 day match. People used to tell him the king of longer formats of cricket. It’s also true that he hasn’t tested any success in ODI or T20 cricket. Even he also not focused on shorter format of the game. That’s why he is not seen playing in IPL matches. No franchise has shown their interest in Pujara to include him in their IPL team.

Many of you wouldn’t know that Pujara has also played some matches for Deccan Chargers & Mumbai Indians. But that has not worked for Pujara as he lost his spot in both of these IPL teams. And then it was very hard for Pujara to find any franchise who could give any responsibility to him.

But Pujara have not lost his hope. He asked BCCI to allow him to play in county cricket. It was very difficult for him to sit at home when all his colleagues were playing in IPL.

Pujara started his first county match with Derbyshire. Pujara’s county cricket journey was not very easy. He started with poor run of forms and was also dropped by team management but he never lost any hope in any moment because he knew success will come one day. Since his inclusion in County team he is regularly playing in his county team. Every year Pujara leaves his country India to England for playing in county cricket.

Controversies on Cheteshwar Pujara:

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If your name becomes big enough for people to talk than their may be some things which may or may not be wrong. Same thing happened with Pujara as some of former cricketer said about Pujara that he still plays with some old-fashioned cricket shots & techniques.

Some said that he is the slowest ever test cricketer of the era. This of the some words disheartened Pujara & forced him to work on his strike rate and shot selection.

Cheteshwar Pujara Current form:

The current form of Cheteshwar Pujara is not unknown to anyone. Every cricket fan knows about him that his batting class is second to legendary Rahul Dravid. Today when india tours other country for playing test cricket, than it’s only this man Pujara is considered perfect fit along with his captain Virat Kohli.

The run graph of Pujara is increasing year by year. When you play international matches then you also face some fitness issues and Pujara also faced injury issues. He was away from cricket for more than six months.

The Injury was very serious but his love with cricket gave him immense confidence which helped him to come back in team and perform well. Currently he is the best test cricket batsman in the whole world. People compare him with legendary Rahul Dravid who was the best test cricket player of that era.

What experts says about Pujara?

“Pujara is a classical musician in the era of Yo Yo Honey Singh” – Harsha Bhogle

“The variation in Pujara’s shot selection is unmatchable with any cricketer” – Kapil Dev

“Pujara’s every shot reminds about the batting of legendary Rahul Dravid” – Riky Ponting

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