Indian batting powerhouse Cheteshwar Pujara is the the latest cricketer to follow the ongoing trend of Instagram Live interviews amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Kevin Pietersen and Rishabh Pant have all been part of this this latest trend which has come as a relief for the fans, who are confined to their houses and missing the live on-field actions of their stars.
Cheteshwar Pujara was joined by his Saurashtra captain and teammate Jaydev Unadkat, who recently lifted the Ranji trophy after beating Bengal in the final.
Now, fans are very well aware of the defensively solid Pujara who spends nonstop hours at the crease to leave the deadliest of bowlers drenched in sweat but it’s rare as a fan to view his other side, the non-cricketing side where he loves to joke and play around.
During the course of the chat Cheteshwar Pujara joked with left-arm pacer Unadkat saying that he wants to be an all-rounder.
Pujara, who in his 203 first-class matches has taken 6 wickets, joked saying that his bowling strike rate was best in the Saurashtra team.
Jaydev Unadkat played along and questioned, “Is it because of your bowling that we have won the Ranji Trophy?”
A cheeky Pujara said, “I am not saying that, when did I say that, I am a part time bowler. I want to become an all-rounder.”
Cheteshwar Pujara later said that winning Ranji Trophy was amazing and there could be nothing better than that.
“When we lost the last Ranji Trophy final we said we want to comeback stronger and the way boys prepared it assured we were going to do well.”
Cheteshwar Pujara also revealed he felt nervous when Saursahtra was facing Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat in the semifinal.
“When I was travelling I very nervous. I along with Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha and Umesh Yadav were discussing whether Saurashtra will win the final or not.”
Cheteshwar Pujara was on India duty when Saurashtra played a nail-biting semifinal match against Gujarat. Pujara returned to play the final for Saurashtra and faced 237 balls to score 66 runs even after being down with fever and throat infection.