India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has challenged teammate Cheteshwar Pujara to step down the observe go excessive in opposition to any spinner within the upcoming Check sequence in opposition to England. In a dialog with India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour on his official YouTube channel, Ashwin stated he’ll shave half his moustache and are available out to play if Pujara completes the problem.


It began with Ashwin asking the batting coach, “Will we ever see Pujara hit an off-spinner excessive?”

“Work-in-progress. I am attempting to persuade him that no less than as soon as go excessive. He’s nonetheless not satisfied, He’s giving me nice causes,” Rathour replied.

“If he goes excessive in opposition to Moeen Ali or some other spinner stepping down the wicket on this English sequence that we gonna play, I’ll take half my mustache out and are available to play the sport. That is an open problem,” Ashwin stated jokingly.

“That is an important problem to place throughout. Let’s hope that he takes it up. I do not assume he’ll take it up,” Rathour stated.

Pujara was just lately seen in motion within the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in opposition to Australia. The batsman’s grit and dedication was there for everybody to see within the ultimate Check as he stood tall even after receiving quite a few physique blows.

Usually criticised for his defensive method, Pujara batted like a warrior within the fourth Check in opposition to Australia. He took blows to the physique, fingers, and head, however didn’t flinch. He stood tall, defying the Australia bowlers who regarded for one alternative to interrupt into the Indian lower-order.

“As a result of for some motive you actually sledge him. I do not know why. What the deal there? You actually go after him on a regular basis. And him being certainly one of my favorite gamers within the staff. I really like his angle. The best way he bats, the best way he prepares really he’s a coach’s dream really. So, I’ve to defend him in opposition to you. I believe no reward is sufficient for the best way he batted within the final Check match. The best way he responded to all these brief balls and all accidents that he had,” Rathour stated.

Ashwin defined why he sledges Pujara within the staff, he stated, “As a result of what occurs is, each time an opponent like Nathan Lyon is bowling, Pujji makes it so coronary heart throbbing for me. Each time the ball goes up within the air, I’m like ‘You realize what? No person performs like this man. You’re making him appear like unplayable.’ And finally, everyone will assume that I am not in a position to make the opposite batsmen bat like this.”


“He doesn’t. I imply, he handles him actually, very well. And the numbers present that. he’s averaging 50 plus in opposition to him. So, he has completed properly in opposition to him and that is his means of enjoying. He has a really set technique. He’s a cussed character and that’s his power as properly,” Rathour stated.

Each Ashwin and Pujara will now be seen in motion within the four-match Check sequence in opposition to England. The primary Check is about to start in Chennai on February 5. 

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