'I Will Remove Half My Moustache if Cheteshwar Pujara Does This' - R Ashwin's Open Challenge!

India offspinner R Ashwin has ‘overtly challenged’ teammate and pal Cheteshwar Pujara to play a sure method within the upcoming Take a look at collection in opposition to England. Learn on to search out extra.

In an interplay with batting coach Vikram Rathour in his YouTube channel, Ashwin ‘sledged’ Pujara for the best way he bats in opposition to offspinners. This is an excerpt:

Rathour: For some cause, you actually sledge him. I do not know why, what is the deal there. You actually are after him on a regular basis, and him being certainly one of my favorite gamers within the group. I really like the best way he bats, prepares… he is a coach’s dream. I’ve to defend him in opposition to you. No reward is sufficient for the best way he batted within the final Take a look at match, the best way he responded to all these brief balls, the accidents he had and the best way he stored on batting. Hats off to him. Performed an enormous, large position.

Ashwin: My downside with Puji is totally different, it is a private agenda. As a result of everytime an opponent, a counterpart like a Nathan Lyon is bowling, Puji makes it so coronary heart throbbing for me. Everytime the ball goes within the air (off the pad)… I am like no one performs like this man, you make him look unplayable. Finally all people will assume I am not in a position to make the opposite batsmen bat like this. Any ideas on this? Does he make Lyon look unplayable?

Rathour: He would not, I feel he handles Lyon very well. The numbers present that, he is one man who has batted very well in opposition to him and scored runs. He is averaging some 50+ in opposition to him, so he has completed effectively in opposition to him. That is his method of enjoying and we have had these discussions with him, the place he retains giving explanation why he is doing sure issues, that are extraordinarily humorous at instances. That is what I really like about him, he has a really set technique. He is a really cussed character. That is his power as effectively. He would not give it simple. The one time I’ve seen him underneath strain is when he is having discussions with you or when he is enjoying TT with Pant.

Ashwin: Reality of the matter stays, each time I’ve bowled in opposition to Pujara, he has bought out to me. You’ll be able to cross confirm it wherever. How a lot ever you again him, that is the actual fact. Will we ever see Pujara hit an offspinner excessive?

Rathour: Work in progress. I am attempting to persuade him that no less than as soon as go excessive, he is nonetheless not satisfied. He is giving me nice causes.

Ashwin: If he goes excessive in opposition to Moeen Ali or some other spinner on this England collection, I’ll take half my moustache out and are available and play the sport. That is an open problem! (Laughs).

Rathour: That is an ideal problem. Let’s hope he takes it up.

Ashwin: Do you assume he’ll take it up?

Rathour: Uhmm… I do not assume he’ll take it up (laughs). He has an ideal cause for that. I’ve had this dialog with him – when all people is up, why do not you play one shot within the air to be able to push the fielder behind and get simple singles. He has an ideal cause, he says if I do this and so they push the fielder again, I will get just one run. Now once they have all of the fielders up, if I can maintain enjoying the ball by the hole, I can maintain getting twos and threes. I stated that is an ideal cause to maintain it within the floor, stick with it!

Ashwin: Jokes aside, we’re nice associates. Do not assume I am Puji’s enemy, pulling his leg is certainly one of my favorite passtimes.


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