With Virat Kohli missing… – Stuart Broad questions Cheteshwar Pujara’s snub, Jasprit Bumrah’s absence and Ranchi’s Test bowling

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Stuart Broad, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara


Former England pacer Stuart Broad has spoken about Cheteshwar Pujara’s absence from the ongoing Test series between India and England. He said that in the absence of Virat Kohli, the veteran batsman could have brought some consistency to the Indian lineup.

Cheteshwar Pujara has not been part of the Indian team since India lost the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia. The Indian team management left him aside, saying it was time for the youngsters to take the baton from him.

Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the team after a series of low scores under his belt. But over the years, he has been an incredible servant to the Indian team in Test cricket. The batsman has played a huge role in making the team a dominant force in the longest format of the game.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the main architect behind India’s victory in the two-Test series in Australia and also played a vital role in putting together the series in England. After he was dropped from the team, the batsman did not stop working hard as he is working hard in the domestic circuit.

Cheteshwar Pujara was in top form in the Ranji Trophy and amassed a huge number of runs. Since Virat Kohli opted out of the Test series against England, there were many speculations that India would turn to the veteran batsman again. However, this did not happen because they supported the youth.

The move has not done the team any good in the ongoing Test series against England. India’s middle order has looked fragile and there has not been a sense of coherence in the batting order. Had Pujara been there, with his experience things could have worked in India’s favour.

Stuart Board has expressed concern over Cheteshwar Pujara’s future in Tests and believes that if he had been part of the ongoing England Tests, he would have anchored the innings well. On his Twitter account, the former England fast bowler stated:

“Without Kohli’s world-class experience and talent, would there have been a temptation to bring Pujara back into this Indian batting line-up? Or is his international career over? “It seems like it could have provided some coherence and an anchor.”

I can’t understand why they have prepared a speech like this. Stuart Broad on the Ranchi countryside

Stuart Broad also shared his verdict on the ongoing Test match between India and England. He believes the visitors are on top and also raised questions about India’s management resting Jasprit Bumrah. He stated:

“I haven’t seen much of this Test match yet, it just clicked now. England hugely on top. Spinners bowl accurately, bounce unevenly. Cracks. Bowlers dream. 350 seems 100 over par. The launch of this series seems crucial. Bat first, dominate the game. Bumrah ‘rested’, I can’t understand it. 8 overs in his last innings. I returned the initiative to England.”

England won the toss in the ongoing game and elected to bat first. They accumulated 353 runs on the board based on Joe Root’s unbeaten 122 runs. With the ball, the visitors took the lead and reduced India to 177/6. The pitch also played a role, as the ball was kept low.

Stuart Broad emphasized that India are an extremely good team on flat courts, but he couldn’t understand why they make pitches where the ball rolls on the ground. He believes this is a disadvantage for India. He added:

“I mainly tweet about England, but looking at India. They are an incredible team on flat Test pitches in India where their spinner skills come into play and they outperform other teams. Playing on courts that roll down the court attracts the opponent much more. I can’t understand why they have prepared a speech like this?