Former Aussie spinner Brad Hogg predicts the number of balls Cheteshwar Pujara will play in the four-match Test series against England. At the moment, Team India is playing series opener against three lions in Chennai and it is expected to be an enthralling encounter with the ICC Test Championship final at stake.
Cheteshwar Pujara is said to be the new wall of Team India. He is very well compared with none other than legendary batsman Rahul Dravid. The current Indian batsman is known for his patient approach in the match. The right-hander frustrates the opponent bowlers before taking them for runs. In the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar series, he managed 271 runs in four games at a strike-rate around 30. He played a total of 928 balls in the series against Australia. This was the most number of balls faced by any batsman in the Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21.
Brad Hogg Predicts How Many Balls Will Cheteshwar Pujara Play In England Test Series
Now, Brad Hogg has predicted the number of balls that Pujara is expected to play in the upcoming series. As per the former Aussie spinner, he is expected to play a total of 997 balls against England,”(Cheteshwar) Pujara, I reckon, is going to play some 997 balls for the series in these four Test matches. Dig in, and watch him block away,” Hogg said on his Youtube channel.
Earlier, England skipper Joe Root also praised Pujara for his brilliant performance in Australia. He said that the right-handed batsman is a fantastic player. Root added that he had the honor to play alongside Pujara in few games for Yorkshire.
The English skipper accepted that Pujara’s wicket is going to be a big one for his side in the upcoming Test series.
“I think he is a fantastic player, I had the pleasure of playing a couple of games with him for Yorkshire. To learn from him and speak about batting, was really interesting.
“Playing against him and being on the wrong end of him scoring some runs, you learn from those kinds of innings. You have seen his importance and what he adds to the Indian team, he is going to be a huge wicket for us, no doubt,” said Root.