Rahul Dravid helped me understand the importance of switching off from cricket: Cheteshwar Pujara

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Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that Rahul Dravid taught him the importance of switching off from cricket and he was an inspiration for India’s premier Test batsman.

Cheteshwar Pujara with Rahul Dravid.(@cheteshwar1 Photo)

Cheteshwar Pujara with Rahul Dravid.(@cheteshwar1 Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I saw in county cricket how they keep personal and professional lives separate: Pujara
  • Pujara acknowledged that there are similarities in batting styles between him and Dravid
  • Pujara has often been likened with Dravid due to similarities in their playing style

India’s premier Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Friday credited former India captain Rahul Dravid for teaching him the importance of switching off from cricket.

Pujara has been lauded as the perfect fit for the big shoes of Rahul Dravid. Pujara bats at No.3, has a solid technique, is a true grafter, and often plays the role of the sheet anchor – all traits that Dravid possessed in his heyday.

“He helped me understand the importance of switching off from cricket. I had the same thought, more or less, but when I spoke to him, it gave me a lot of clarity about it and I was sure of what I needed to do,” Pujara was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“I also saw in county cricket how they keep personal and professional lives separate. I value that advice a lot. Many people consider me to be focused on. Yes, I am focused, But I also know when to switch off. There is life beyond cricket.”

Pujara also said that he “cannot describe in one line” on what Rahul Dravid means to him, adding that the former Indian captain has been an inspiration in his career – both on-and-off the field.

“I cannot say in one line what Rahul bhai means to me. He has always been an inspiration, and will remain one,” Pujara said.

His mental fortitude and batting technique is often compared to Dravid but Pujara said “despite my enchantment with him” he never tried to “copy him.”

“There is a similarity in our games, but that’s not because of my fascination with him. That came mainly through my experiences with Saurashtra, where I learned that scoring a hundred alone isn’t enough, you have to carry your team,” he said.

“That is how I learned responsibility – it is about helping my team to raise a big total, and for that, I ought to attach importance to my wicket. I learned that from my junior cricket days with Saurashtra, which was a weaker team in domestic cricket.”

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