ENG vs IND: Rahul Dravid’s view on sending Cheteshwar Pujara to open the innings

India will be playing against the England unit for the final test of the series which being led by team India with 2-1 but England’s change in mindset, which was visible against the Kiwis can be a trouble for the captain-less team India.

KL Rahul was earlier stated as injured and his unavailability for the final Test clash caused team India some harm after knowing that there will be no more opening batsman in the squad. The Test is announced to begin from 1st July and Rohit’s recovery seems doubtful while KL Rahul, another opening batsman in the squad, was removed earlier from the list after facing a groin injury because of which he had to travel to Germany for a long recovery break.

Coach Dravid clarified Pujara’s role in the final test and said “Pujara has got absolute great quality, he has opened for India as well in the past, so I wouldn’t want to give things away. But like I said, you know, in our minds, we are actually very clear in the direction we are going to take. But I’m just not at liberty to, and I don’t want to, disclose that. But we have clarity, if that’s what you’re asking.”

“It’s not very different batting at three or opening, it’s not a huge difference,” Dravid said.

“Yes, I mean, you might not convert yourself into an opener and you might still be comfortable batting at three, but of course if a team requires it or a team demands it, at times you do it and you do it willingly. It’s not like you’re forced to do these things (laughs). You know, you understand your role in the bigger picture, you understand your opportunity. I always see this as a great opportunity to contribute to the larger good and to the whole.

“And not specifically talking only about the number three or opening, I think there’s so many other situations… it could be in bowling certain lines and lengths while bowling tight, or bowling particular areas or having certain strategies or playing in a particular manner – that is more probably more attuned to what the team needs you to do.”