Rizwan: Pujara second only to Younis Khan when it comes to focus and concentration


Rizwan has seen Pujara carefully since each are representing Sussex within the County Championship. Final month, Rizwan shared a 154-run partnership with Pujara to assist their facet to a mammoth first-innings lead against Durham.

“In my life, the participant with the best ranges of focus and focus I’ve seen is Younis bhai,” Rizwan informed cricwick.internet. “So No. 1 is Younis bhai. After that, it was Fawad Alam however now Pujara is No. 2 and Fawad Alam No. 3.”

Pujara has averaged 143.40 to this point this season with 4 centuries in seven innings, and even shared a number of ideas with Rizwan on how you can bat in English situations.

“I attempt to discover out what makes these three guys so good when it comes to their focus and focus,” Rizwan stated. “I hold speaking to Younis bhai about this. With Fawad, I have never talked loads about this.

“With Pujara, I had a chat once I had simply come to England and obtained out a few instances. He informed me a number of issues that it’s best to play near your physique. Now it’s no secret that we play loads of white-ball cricket and there we play properly away from the physique as a result of the white-ball does not swing or seam a lot and you might be at all times on the lookout for runs.

“So right here, I obtained out chasing a few large deliveries early on. Then I sought him out on the nets and he stated, ‘in Pakistan or in Asia, we’re accustomed to forcing our drives. You can not pressure your drives over right here. Secondly, you need to play nearer to your physique.'”

It is a uncommon event for an India worldwide and a Pakistan worldwide to characterize the identical group, however Rizwan stated that it did not really feel “unusual” in any respect. He additionally stated that outdoors the worldwide enviornment the group of cricketers from different nations are all a part of a “bigger household” who wish to assist one another get higher at cricket.

“Imagine me, I have never felt unusual in any respect about it [playing alongside Pujara]. I even joke round with him and in addition tease him loads. He’s a really good particular person and his focus and focus are unreal. When you can be taught one thing from another person, it’s essential to take that chance.

“The cricket fraternity is sort of a household for us. However in case you are enjoying for Pakistan and your personal brother is enjoying for Australia, then you’ll, after all, attempt to get him out since you are enjoying in your nation. However that struggle occurs solely on the bottom. In any other case, we’re like a household. If I say ‘our Virat Kohli’, then I cannot be mistaken. Or ‘our Pujara’, ‘our Smith’ or ‘our Root’, as a result of all of us are one household.

“Like Hasan Ali stated that when he meets James Anderson, he would try to learn something from him. It simply means we’re all a part of one household and we share information with one another if it will assist somebody enhance their cricket.”

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