Dinesh Karthik comes forward to Pujara’s defense, says strike-rate concept ‘absolute nonsense’

New Delhi: Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik feels the buzz about Cheteshwar Pujara’s low strike rate is not a cause for concern and the batsman should be left with his own style.

Pujara has never been a quick run-scorer, but when he scored at a strike rate of less than 30 during the India-Australia Test series, people spoke, despite the fact that his innings helped India in the Sydney Test.

Karthik comes forward to Pujara’s defense, called the strike-rate concept ‘absolute nonsense’, and explained how the numbers and statistics alone are not a testament to the batsman’s performance.

Pujara had an average series against England at home, scoring 133 runs in four Tests, but Karthik feels that reaching the final of the World Test Championship should not be a concern.

Karthik said during the Twitter Spaces session organized by Star Sports ahead of the WTC final, “If you take the number of Test matches that have gotten over in four days – it is about 80-82 percent. I feel this strike rate is absolute nonsense. So, why bother about strike rate, let the guy play at whatever strike rate he wants to play, as long as he is able to win Test matches for India.”

“Now, Pujara, why hasn’t he scored runs? You have to understand, if you take the last match, he was playing against ranked turners, where the team was finding it hard to score 200 runs, and to expect Pujara to score a 100 is unfair. We have played on some tough conditions, you can’t always put up numbers to justify how well a guy is playing.”

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He added, “If you take that Sydney Test, the number of blows that he just took. Pat Cummins was talking to me about that in IPL – saying the difference between India drawing the Test match and losing it was one man, Cheteshwar Pujara. The amount of time that he batted, he was giving him body blows.”

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