Rahul Dravid backs Cheteshwar Pujara to come good in ODIs

Rahul Dravid expects India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara to break into the ODI side and offer a lot to the team in limited-overs cricket.

updated: March 14, 2014 21:00 IST
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Mumbai: Rahul Dravid on Friday, backed Cheteshwar Pujara, who replaced him at number three in Indian Test team batting order, to come good in the One-Day Internationals like he did in his career. (Cheteshwar Pujara turns to bowling in nets to cement ODI spot)

"Speaking from my own personal experience and as someone who was being seen (basically) as a Test player, Pujara can certainly make a mark in one-day cricket. I was able to develop and build my game for one-day cricket, (which) I played successfully for quite a long time. I have no doubt that Pujara has the ability and the skill to do that," said Dravid at a promotional event on Friday.

Dravid was referring to his early struggles with the limited overs format and then his evolution as a wicketkeeper-batsman that helped him cement a place in the ODI team. "I don't see any reason why he (Pujara) cannot succeed in one-day cricket with the way he bats in Test matches, the way he rotates the strike, the kind of shots he plays all-round the wicket and scores runs at a pretty decent rate in Test cricket. I don't have a doubt he will do well in one day cricket," said Dravid.

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