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Cheteshwar should avoid the hook shot, says his father

Last updated on: March 5, 2013 15:42 IST

Cheteshwar should avoid the hook shot, says his father

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Whenever Arvind Pujara watches his son Cheteshwar bat in a Test match, the doting father in him turns into a coach and he begins to dissect his favourite student's game.

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"A double hundred in a Test match against Australia is always a special achievement. But I tell Cheteshwar to avoid playing the hook shot. He will tell me that it's a scoring shot but I believe it's a risky one. He got out playing the hook shot," Arvind Pujara said.

So what are the shots that he likes his son to play, pat comes the reply, "He is such a good looking player when he is playing within the 'V'."

"He doesn't need to play unorthodox shots as he can score loads of runs playing the straight drive, cover drive or on-drive. He can play in that arc throughout the day and he should stick to doing that."


Image: Cheteshwar Pujara is awarded the man-of-the-match on Tuesday
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'Cheteshwar's appetite for big hundreds makes him special'

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The 62-year-old Arvind had played six first-class matches for Saurashtra in the late 70s.

Talking about his son's strengths, Pujara senior said, "What makes Cheteshwar special is his appetite for big hundreds. If he is not out on a century plus score, he will make sure to carry on the good work on the next day.

"That's why he has scored so many double and triple hundreds at the first-class level. Now he is translating that form into Test matches. I am hopeful that he will be able to maintain that consistency level," the former wicketkeeper batsman said.

A lot of people believe that Cheteshwar's real test will be in South Africa at the end of the year and his father is confident about his son doing well there.

"He played in the last Test series in South Africa. He has an idea about the bouncy tracks," he said.

Image: Cheteshwar Pujara
Photographs: BCCI
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'His wife has definitely brought him good luck'

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Asked why he doesn't watch his son's performance from the stadium, Pujara senior says, "Since Cheteshwar's mother passed away in 2005, we were only two people. So I need to look after household affairs. I can't just leave the house. But now, Puja (his wife) will be travelling with him."

So how much has 'Lady Luck' got to do with his son scoring a double ton just after marriage?     "His wife has definitely brought him good luck. But I view it differently. Cheteshwar was facing an emotional void after my wife passed away. Now Puja has come in his life and he has got someone he can share his feelings with.

"International sport is a very tough place and you need that emotional stability. That is why, I feel very relieved now," Arvind added.


Image: Cheteshwar Pujara's proud dad, Arvind Pujara
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