Cheteshwar Pujara has been India’s “Mr reliable,” in Test match cricket for quite a while now. His unmatched persistence with the bat had done wonders for him and his side in India’s most recent triumph in the nation down under, as India secured their first ever series win in Australia after 70 long years to become the only Asian team to do so.
Pujara scored 521 runs in the series, which included three hundreds in his locker. Though the newly certified ‘wall’ of India is popular among the masses when in the cricket field, but the specialist batsman has said to have minimal interest while working off the field, look for brand endorsements of some sorts. The 30 year old believes in dedicating a big part of his life to cricket and cricket only, as those are the values taught by his own father.
"Being a (specialist) Test cricketer, I accept that there haven't been many endorsements. I am someone who doesn't go after endorsements," Pujara recently stated.
"For me, the true thing is the love of the game. My father has taught me that I don't just play for myself but for the entire country," he said.
"What I like is the appreciation from this country and from (the) cricketing fraternity, which is more than any endorsement I might get in my life," he further added.
Cheteshwar Pujara is considered as one of the finest gentleman in modern day cricket, considering his mellowed approach towards the game, and a humble outlook. The Baroda based cricketer is currently doing the rounds in the Raji Trophy after returning from Australia which set him as an example for the young cricketers of today who to an extent disregard domestic cricket.
Pujara has scored 5,426 runs at an average of 51.18 in 68 Tests for India since making his debut in 2010.
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