Ramiz Raja: “Pujara’s footwork is weak”
By Sarita Dey
on Fri Aug 06 2021
Cheteshwar Pujaraalso fell to Anderson after adding just four runs to the total. Although he fell to a very good delivery, it was a lack of footwork that cost him his wicket, something that has bothered the Saurashtra batsman for a while now, opined Ramiz.
“Cheteshwar Pujara looked iffy out in the middle and ended up edging a ball outside the off-stump. Both the deliveries [to Kohli and Pujara] were very good but Pujara’s footwork is weak. He is getting out too many times while standing at the crease. He is having to use the shoulder and arms to go on the front foot, which is causing him to lose control,” Ramiz expressed.
“When KL Rahul was batting, there was proper alignment in his game. He was getting close to the ball, knew where his off-stump was. That is how batsmen need to bat in such conditions. Sometimes great players can also learn from younger ones. Virat Kohli can also learn from the way Rahul batted with soft hands. Kohli must not play with hard hands going ahead in the series. He needs to give himself time to settle in,” he noted.
KL Rahul on the other hand stood firm at one end, and Ramiz Raja feels Rahul’s way of approaching with soft hands needs to be copied by Kohli.
On day 2 of the first Test match, Virat Kohli made an unwanted record of most ducks as a skipper. The India captain’s run in Nottingham started in the most disastrous fashion. He was dismissed by James Anderson as he went digging outside the off-stump. The skipper ended up creating an unwanted record with the most ducks as a captain in Tests.