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Why it is pointless trying to sledge Pujara

October 10, 2019 23:48 IST

Cheteshwar Pujara

IMAGE: Cheteshwar Pujara avoids a bouncer during Day 1 of the second Test. Photograph: BCCI

South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada tried to disturb Cheteshwar Pujara's concentration on the opening day of the second Test in Pune on Thursday, but the tactic failed to distract the senior India batsman as he was "in his own zone".

 

Rabada did say a few words to Pujara after dismissing him for 58, perhaps letting a bit of his frustration out as he was unlucky not to get him out on zero due to a dropped catch.

Asked what exactly Rabada said, Pujara replied: "I can't remember what he said. But he (Rabada) is someone who always likes to say something to the batsmen.

"As a batsman, I always know that he will try to disturb my concentration, not just him but any bowler, who passes a comment, so I try and avoid (listening to) what they say," said India's dependable No 3.

"If you are in your zone, you hardly hear what they are trying to say as you are too much focussed on what you want to do as batsman. So when you are in your own zone, you miss out what they are saying," Pujara said.

The India No 3 made 58 off 112 deliveries. He hit nine fours and one six during his knock before being dismissed by Rabada.

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