‘Still have a lot to achieve,’ Cheteshwar Pujara opens up on comparisons with Rahul Dravid

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara might not have been able to make a mark in white-ball cricket for India but he has been a vital cog in the Test setup. He has often earned comparisons with the legendary Rahul Dravid for his astute technique and grittiness.

Pujara recently opened up on the comparisons with Dravid and said it was a huge honour for him to be spoken of on the same level as of the former Indian captain. Pujara, who has already played 75 Tests for India amassing 5740 runs at an average close to fifty, said he still has a long way to go to match Dravid’s greatness as a player.

“It is a big honour for me but it’s not the right comparison because I still have a lot of things to achieve in my life and someone like Rahul Bhai who has played all the formats, scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs, he’s played T20 format as well. So I still have a lot of achieving and I’m still learning. I’m at an age where I have taken a lot of guidance from him, luckily he’s always available,” Pujara was quoted as saying by India Today.

Pujara will be in action next in the Test series against New Zealand which will get underway on February 21. Pujara was in fine form as he notched up two half-centuries in India’s last Test outing against Bangladesh at home. He will be looking to continue his purple patch in the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

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