Pujara’s Kanpur transformation augurs well for India


Of all the things that went right in the Test series opener against New Zealand, Cheteshwar Pujara’s transformation from an obdurate accumulator of runs to a free-scoring batsman when needed must be the most pleasing for India captain Virat Kohli. In a team teeming with flamboyant strokemakers, Pujara’s batting, built on a watertight defence and an unflappable temperament, is almost an anachronism. India’s Test No 3 feels he has no obligation to quench the boundary-thirst of the home fans and believes defence is the best offence. Rather unsurprisingly, the 29-year-old went unsold in the players’ auction for the Indian Premier…

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