India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has challenged teammate Cheteshwar Pujara to take to the track and go over the top against every spinner in the upcoming Test Series against England. Speaking to India’s battle coach Vikram Rathour on his official YouTube channel, Ashwin said he will shave half his mustache and come out to play if Pujara completes the challenge.
It started with Ashwin asking the batting coach, “Will we ever see Pujara hit an off-spinner over the top?”
“Work-in-progress. I’m trying to convince him that I should go over the top at least once. He’s still not convinced, he’s giving me good reasons,” Rathour replied.
“If he goes over the top against Moeen Ali or any other spinner leaving the wicket in this English series that we are going to play, I will take out half of my mustache and come and play the game. This is an open challenge,” said Ashwin jokingly.
‘That is a great challenge to convey. Let’s hope he takes it on. I don’t think he’ll take it on, ”Rathour said.
Pujara was recently seen in action in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. The batsman’s persistence and determination was there for all to see in the final Test while standing upright, even after receiving numerous body punches.
Often criticized for his defensive approach, Pujara batted like a warrior in the fourth Test against Australia. He was hit to the body, fingers, and head, but did not flinch. He stood tall and braved the Australian bowlers who were looking for one chance to break into the Indian lower order.
“Because for some reason you’re really dragging him. I don’t know why. What’s going on there? You really go after him all the time. And he’s one of my favorite players on the team. I love it. his attitude he hits the way he prepares actually is actually a coach’s dream So I have to defend him against you I guess no credit enough for the way he hit in the last test match The way he hit he was reacting to all those short balls and all the injuries he had, ”Rathour said.
Ashwin explained why he drags Pujara into the team, he said, “Because what happens is that every time an opponent like Nathan Lyon is bowling, Pujji makes it so passionate for me. Every time the ball is in the air. in goes I’m like “You know what? Nobody plays like this man. You make him look unplayable. “And eventually everyone will think I can’t make the other batsmen hit like that.”
“He doesn’t. I mean he treats him very, very well. And the numbers show that. He’s 50 plus on average against him. So he’s done well against him and that’s his way of playing. a whole set of method. He’s a stubborn character and that’s his strength too, ”said Rathour.
Both Ashwin and Pujara will now be seen in action in the four-game test series against England. The first test starts on February 5 in Chennai.
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