‘Form is temporary, class is permanent. This applies here ‘: Pujara says criticism on his own, Rahane’s form is outside the noise | Locust

Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara scored an important half-century on Matchday 3 of the second test against South Africa in Johannesburg, both in the context of the game and in its form. Pujara was going through a rough patch, but on Thursday he forged a 111-point stand with Ajinkya Rahane – another senior hitter who has been under the scanner due to prolonged struggles. Rahane also scored half a century as India scored 266 points on the board, giving the Proteas a goal of 240 wins.

Speaking at the press conference after Day 3, Pujara said he, along with Rahane, was working hard on his game and both had the “support” of the team’s management.

“We are very confident, there is also a lot of support from the leadership of the team, and we have learned from Sunny Bhai. Every time I have spoken to him, he has always supported me. So yes, there are times when, if you are going through bad form, there will be questions, no doubt about it, but we are confident players, myself and Ajinkya, we know we are working hard on our game , and there’s a saying, form is temporary, class is permanent, so I think that applies here, ”Pujara said.

“I think if we keep working on our game, we have done well for the Indian team in the past, and the management has shown a lot of confidence in us, and it will pay off for sure. It has already paid off, but I think as we keep playing, as a batsman, once you’re back in shape you keep scoring points and it just keeps going up and up, ”he said. -he adds.

While Pujara scored 53 quick out of 86 deliveries, Rahane took 78 balls for his 58.

“I think the partnership with Ajinkya was very crucial because we were at a stage where we wanted a few runs on the board, and I think it’s not just my score but the team’s total at the end. So this partnership with Ajinkya was a very crucial one for us, “Pujara said.

“Well the management of the team has always been very supportive so I would say it’s just the outside noise. The coaching staff, the captain, everyone is behind all the players, and we worked hard. There are times when you don’t get too many points, but the important thing as a cricketer is to follow the right routine, have a good work ethic and keep going. to work on your game because there are times when you won’t get points, but if you follow the right processes you get points on the board, ”he added.

South Africa beat India for 266 in the second set, then got off to a good start as their score was 118/2 at the Stumps on Wednesday and the hosts are just 122 points to tie the game. three-game series.

(With the contribution of the agency)

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