India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has expressed his thoughts on the brand of cricket being played by the England cricket team in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Pujara’s comments came after the Indian cricket team defeated England by a margin of 100 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara Slammed England Team’s Approach
Talking about England’s performance, Pujara shed light on the ongoing debate regarding the balance between a team’s approach and its pursuit of results in modern cricket. The Indian batsman further highlighted the importance of the result in the game, regardless of the path taken to achieve it.
Cheteshwar Pujara remarked, “I’ve been saying this. Is it the right approach that England is having? Is the brand of cricket which is more important than the result because they have been saying, even if we go down, we will still continue playing this way. So is it the right approach? Because I have my questions. I have been saying this. You as a team, the result is more important. How do you achieve it, it hardly matters.”
Cheteshwar Hailed Rohit Sharma
Pujara also Indian captain lauded Rohit Sharma for his astute captaincy in the middle overs in the ongoing tournament. Pujara says that the middle overs are where teams often lose the plot.
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Pujara said, “He has been brilliant, not just in this game. If you look at the way he has led the team in the entire World Cup, especially the way he brings in the seamers. We have seen that Siraj hasn’t started well in many games now; it’s been two or three games where he hasn’t bowled well with the new ball.
He added: “But it’s about how Rohit uses him in the middle overs. Whenever Rohit has used Siraj in the middle overs, he has given the breakthrough,” Pujara was quoted as saying on ESPNcricinfo.
“And he has been very smart as he has led India well in the middle overs. Not many captains are able to do that. The 10 to 40 over period is the most important in ODIs. Rohit knows that he has to be aggressive, pick those wickets in the middle phase, which he has been able to do,”