Considered a Test batsman of impeccable technique, Cheteshwar Pujara says he has made some adjustments in his game to adapt to the fast-paced Twenty20 format in the ongoing Pepsi IPL where he shares the dressing room with destructive batsmen like Chris Gayle.
“I think ultimately the basic technique has to be there even when you want to accelerate. But I think it is about shifting gears at the right moment...
“My basic technique is the same, and it is just about making little adjustments in the game,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman, who is back from injury, said.
Pujara said having Gayle in the line-up also takes some pressure off him.
“It takes away some of the pressure and so I can play my natural game. So, I can take more time, than what is expected in Twenty20, to settle down and then start playing my shots,” he said.
Pujara returned to the field on Monday night against Kings XI Punjab, which was guided to a win by the individual brilliance of David Miller, who struck a 38-ball 101 in a chase of 190.
“We were in the game till the 12th over and after that he started accelerating and then onwards it was his game,” he said praising Miller.
Asked about how costly the dropped catch of Miller by skipper Virat Kohli was, he said, “Obviously, it was very costly, but Virat is one of team’s best fielders, so it happens at times. If he had taken the catch things could have been different but things happen in this game.”
“We as a team are playing good cricket, but you also have to give credit to the opposition when they play better than you,” he said. — PTI