An ex-Indian player raises selection questions and says, ‘Pujara was Kohli’s greatest replacement’

The batting of the Indian team isn’t the same in the absence of Virat Kohli during the England series, while the middle order has largely struggled due to inexperience in the first two Tests. But Cheteshwar Pujara, who has a decent India record and has been scoring heavily in domestic matches, has been constantly overlooked.
Ghavri said, “But former India captain Karsan Ghavri has blasted the selection panel for not picking Pujara. In his opinion, Kohli’s ‘greatest replacement’ was only Pujara. “I don’t understand the reason why Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped. He should have been in the Indian team right from the first test.”
He further added, “At first, Virat Kohli was not playing the first two Tests, and now it has been announced that he will not be playing the remaining three Tests. Cheteshwar was not only the greatest replacement but the greatest player they should have included.”
Ghavri said, “He is still fighting; he is still in good form; he is very much in good shape, and even if he comes back, I won’t be surprised.”

Feb 15, 2024 3:47 AM