Pakistan goalkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan is highly impressed with fellow Cheteshwar Pujara’s consecutive centuries in county cricket. He has highly praised Pujara’s concentration. Rizwan says that in terms of concentration, he includes Cheteshwar Pujara in the top 3 batsmen.

Rizwan says: ‘He (Cheteshwar Pujara) is a very good person. His concentration and focus is second to none. If you have the opportunity to learn something from them, then you should definitely learn from them. The three players that I consider the best in terms of concentration are Younis bhai, Fawad Alam and Pujara. Pujara is number two on my list and Fawad is number three.

It is worth noting that Pujara and Rizwan are playing for Sussex in County Championship Division 2. Playing for Sussex, Pujara has scored four straight centuries in the county’s last four matches. Including two double centuries. Pujara and Rizwan shared a 154-run partnership against Durham this month. Playing these two together was the subject of much discussion on social media.

Rizwan also learns a lot from Pujara during this time. He says: ‘When I went out early in county cricket, I spoke to Pujara. He gave me some great tips, including tips on how to play close to the body. Everyone knows that for the last few years we have been playing a lot of cue ball cricket, where it sometimes becomes necessary to play away from the body. In white ball cricket, we don’t play close to the body because the ball doesn’t swing or move as much.

Rizwan says: ‘In the early county matches, I was playing shots away from the body and that’s why I came out twice the same way. Then I went to him (Pujara) during the network practice. He said that when we play in Asia, we force the ball by playing penetration shots. We don’t need to do that here. We have to play close to the body. These are the things I have learned from him.


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