Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has backed veteran batsman Ajinkya Rahane to regain his form in the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand. Rahane has been facing a lot of criticism for his poor form in recent times. Many cricket critics have claimed that despite being the captain for the first Test, Rahane will be under a lot of doubt as it is going to be a career-deciding series for him.
Pujara exuded confidence in the caretaker captain and said that he is just an innings away from regaining his form.
“He (Rahane) is a great player, at times a player goes through tough times and that is a part of this game. There may be ups and downs but I think he is a confident player. He is someone who works hard on his game and I am sure he is just an innings away from achieving form,” Pujara said in the virtual press conference.
Pujara insisted that Rahane is working hard in the nets and everyone is expecting him to score big runs in the series.
“Once he comes back to score runs, he will be back in form. He is working very hard in the nets. So he’s a nice touch, hopefully he gets to score big runs in this series.”
The lack of a Test century has not been a problem for Pujara since January 2019.
Pujara also talked about his century drought since January 2019, however, the talismanic batsman said that he is not worried about it.
He said, ‘As far as my century is concerned, it will happen when it has to happen. My job is to bat well for the team and it’s not like I’m not getting runs. I have 80s and 90s. As long as I am batting well and contributing for the team, I don’t care about my century. It is a matter of one innings,” he clarified.