Off The Field

Never Seen a Batsman Concentrate Like Pujara – Langer

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Australia coach Justin Langer on Thursday said he has never seen a batsman concentrate as hard as India’s Test star Cheteshwar Pujara, who beats even the great Sachin Tendulkar in that aspect. India won the four-match Test series 2-1 against Australia with Pujara getting the Man of the Series award with a total of 521 runs, including three hundreds.

“…I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsmen and bowlers,” Langer said.

Langer said his bowlers were stretched to the limit in the Test series, especially in Melbourne and Sydney.

“The guys are working very hard and they are going okay. The first innings in Melbourne and Sydney, honestly, sucked the life out of us because when you are in the field for two days, with only one spin bowler, that takes energy out of the group,” he said ahead of ODI series starting Saturday here.

“We have the best spinner and three outstanding pace bowlers, against the outstanding Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. So it takes some mental and physical energy out.


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