Latest Cricket News: On Day 2 of the Johannesburg Test against South Africa, Team India grabbed the upper hand, grabbing a 58-run lead with eight wickets remaining in the second innings. After posting 202 in the first innings, the visitors bowled South Africa out for 229, thanks to Shardul Thakur’s remarkable figures of 7/61. With India’s score of 85/2, Cheteshwar Pujara (35*) and Ajinkya Rahane (11*) remained unbeaten at the end of the day.
Pujara, who had been struggling in Test cricket for some time, put up a remarkable performance in the final hours of Day 2 by scoring at a quick tempo in the second innings. Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt detected a pattern in India’s batting style when his unbeaten 35 came off just 42 deliveries.
“There’s one thing I observed” (about Pujara). He was under pressure during the England visit as well, and he responded admirably, much like he did today. When he’s under pressure, he maintains a positive attitude and executes his shot. I’m not sure why he returns to blocking mode at that point. Butt advised him to reconsider his strategy.
When there is a lot of pressure on Pujara to succeed, the former Pakistan captain insists that he plays “freely.”
“Whenever he’s under duress, he begins to play freely.” When he feels he may be dropped from the XI, he begins to play his shots. With a good tempo, he gets the vital runs. Butt added on his official YouTube channel, “You saw it in England as too after he failed in 4-5 innings, he played an 80-90 run knock (91 in second innings in Leeds Test) at a decent strike rate.”
“Even today, when he was pushed to the limit when it was unclear whether he would play the next match or not, he scored at a high rate.” He plays his shots as soon as the ball enters his zone.”
Butt pushed Pujara not to “go back into his shell” and to stick with his current plan, saying that there is no need to change what is working.
“So, I’m not sure why he becomes a hermit after he has the runs. When you’re on a roll, keep the tempo up and keep hitting those shots! Maybe he’ll realise soon enough that he has to play this way and that he doesn’t have the option of retreating into his shell. He’s looking terrific, and he’s presenting the entire bat face because he’s playing to the pitch conditions. On this pitch, if you play defensively, you can leave at any time. “Go for the runs,” Butt said.
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