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Cheteshwar Pujara’s Take on Virat Kohli Slowing Down To Reach 100: “Put The Team First”

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ODI World Cup 2023: Indian Cricketer, Virat Kohli recently achieved a remarkable feat in his illustrious cricketing career. He secured his 48th century in One Day International (ODI) cricket during a World Cup 2023 match where India convincingly defeated Bangladesh. While the cricketing community celebrated Kohli’s outstanding achievement, there were a few individuals who questioned the decision of slowing down towards the end of the game to reach his century. During crucial moments in the match, Kohli’s batting partner, KL Rahul, even refrained from taking singles to ensure that Kohli retained the strike. Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara, a seasoned Indian batsman, expressed his dissatisfaction towards Virat Kohli’s particular approach. Cheteshwar Pujara told ESPN Cricinfo,

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“As much I wanted Virat Kohli to score that hundred, you have to keep in mind, you want to finish the game as early as possible. You want your Net Run Rate to be at the top. If you are in a position where you are fighting for the Net Run Rate, then you don’t want to look back and say ‘you could have done that’,”

According to Pujara, the priority for Kohli and fellow Indian cricketers should be the team’s interests. Regarding individual accomplishments, Pujara believes that a player’s mindset plays a crucial role. He stated,

“That’s where I feel that as a collective decision, maybe you have to sacrifice a bit. You want to look at the team, you want to put the team first, that’s how I look at it. You want your milestone, but not at the cost of the team. As a player, you always have a choice. But some players feel if they get a hundred, it helps them in the next game. So it depends on what kind of mindset you have,”

Matthew Hayden, the legendary Australian cricketer, also shared his perspective on the matter, suggesting that form can bite the player if he starts flirting with it. Hayden said,

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“My initial reaction was he has earned the right to get to his hundred. You have got to be very careful in these tournaments. These things matter. The great Ian Bishop often talks about this, these things matter. The sporting gods are sinister-like, if you start flirting with that sort of form, then it can bit you. But it’s a decision that they both took. I don’t really have a problem with that.”


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