Cheteshwar Pujara Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg feels that Prithvi Shaw would be an ideal choice to replace out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara in India’s Test squad.

Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg feels that Prithvi Shaw would be an ideal choice to replace out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara in India’s Test squad.

In the wake of Pujara’s poor outings in the 2019-21 World Test Championship, many fans and cricket experts suggested dropping the 33-year-old batsman from the Indian team.

Sharing his views on the same, Hogg has said that Shaw should bat at Pujara’s No.3 position in the longest format of the game.

Replying to a fan’s question on his official Twitter handle, Hogg wrote, “If anyone was going to replace Pujara it would be Prithvi Shaw. I feel he is more suited there than the opening slot. Has a lot of talent and a long future. He is not in the tour group but a wild card choice.”

Touted to be a ‘Wall of Indian Cricket’ after Rahul Dravid, Pujara scored 841 runs in 18 matches of the inaugural WTC cycle at a mediocre average of 28.

His poor run continued in the highly-anticipated WTC final against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored just 8 runs in the first innings of the finale. Later, in the second innings, he was dismissed by young Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson for 15 runs off 80 balls.

The Rajkot-born player was highly criticized on social media platforms for his sluggish batting against a high-quality Kiwi bowling attack.

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