India vs Sri Lanka: Cheteshwar Pujara reveals he's learning the art of sledging

Cheteshwar Pujara recently stated that he currently is learning the art of sledging, and that at some stage you needed it to unsettle the opposition

FP Sports, August 08, 2017

Cheteshwar Pujara may be viewed as one of the quieter guys in the Indian dressing room, a man of few words who prefers to let his bat do the talking. And talk his bat does rather fluently, with two centuries coming off it in the last three days.

However, the 'quiet' Pujara is learning an art that would be considered diametrically opposite to his nature. In an interview on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) official website on Monday, the Saurashtra batsman stated that he was currently learning the art of sledging, and that at some stage you needed it to unsettle the opposition.

File photo of Cheteshwar Pujara. AP

File photo of Cheteshwar Pujara. AP

“I am still learning the art of sledging. Sledging is something which has to be done if the need arises because at times the bowlers do need some help, but it can’t be personal.

"So, if we can help as fielders and talk to the batsmen, then a little bit of sledging (needs to be done). At some stage, you do need to sledge,” Pujara was quoted as saying in an interaction with India teammate Ajinkya Rahane, who himself had a few stories to share.

Pujara, coming fresh off a county stint with Nottinghamshire, has been in terrific form in the series so far, registering scores of 153, 15 and 133 in the three knocks that he got in the ongoing three-match Test series against Sri Lanka so far. With 301 runs in two Tests, Pujara is the leading run-getter in the series by a distance, ahead of Dimuth Karunaratne by 36 runs.

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Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114