Cheteshwar Pujara Dale Steyn
Cheteshwar Pujara is dealing in centuries in the ongoing County Championship 2022.

Veteran South Africa pacer Dale Steyn feels that India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has lost his ability to play shots from the backfoot.

Steyn’s comment came after Pujara’s miserable performance in the recently-concluded final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) between India and New Zealand.

Pujara scored 8 runs off 54 balls in the first innings, while in the second innings he managed to accumulate just 15 runs . The 33-year-old was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson on the Reserve Day of the WTC Final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Talking about Pujara’s dismissal on Day 6, Steyn asserted that he didn’t expect such a poor batting display from a player of Pujara’s caliber.

The 37-year-old recalled the time when India visited South Africa for 3 ODIs and two-match Test series and Pujara played a spectacular knock of 153 runs in Johannesburg.

“Out of my memory, I just remember Pujara playing great off his legs. I do remember him playing some magical cut shots and backfoot drives,” Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.

“Maybe on pitches that are a little bit quicker he played some beautiful balls underneath his eyes through the cover. It’s a part of the game that I feel he has lost,” the pacer added.

Steyn suggested that Pujara needs to be a bit more proactive as bowlers will find a way to get him out.

“If you’re only hanging on the front foot, good bowlers will not bowl half-volleys to you. And you’ve got to turn good balls into good shots,” Dale Steyn stated.

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