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“You need talent but…”: Rahul Dravid makes Cheteshwar Pujara special ahead of 100th Test




India head coach Rahul Dravid himself has been an example of resilience and endurance and all but one praised senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for completing the coveted milestone of 100 Tests in the second match against Australia, starting on Friday. are ready for. Pujara, who has spent 13 years in international cricket, with over 7000 runs and 19 hundreds, is the 13th Indian cricketer to achieve the feat. Dravid said, “It is a big achievement for any sportsperson. Yes, you need talent, but you need a lot of other things. It is a reflection of your longevity and a lot of other things. Your fitness, your Resilience, the ability to handle success and failure.” said on Wednesday, who has the second highest number of Test caps for India (164).

When a player is at the highest level for nearly a decade-and-a-half, he is bound to face a lot of questions on and off the field and Dravid feels the Rajkot man has handled them with confidence.

“When you play 100 games, it is not possible that you have not seen the ups and downs. You need to overcome hurdles and endure the pain when you are down and play different types of bowling, grounds Various types of questions are asked on and off.

The coach said, ‘You need at least 10 years to play 100 Tests and he played for 13-14 years.

It is often said that it is more important to know what the dressing room thinks of a person than the perception of the outside world.

“He is a very popular player. We are all very happy that he has got the opportunity to pay 100 Tests and he will do well not only in this game but also in the future.”

The coach said, “In the last 10 years, Cheteshwar Pujara has played some very important innings for the country, winning us matches and series. We are happy to celebrate this moment with him.”

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