Former batsman VVS Laxman stated that visiting players will be tested and Cheteshwar Pujara would want to end his poor performance.

A lot will depend on the performance of Indian batsmen in the upcoming Test series versus England. India have been let down by batters in the last three series in England. Barring a couple of innings, Indian batsmen have been found wanting against the Duke ball.

Former batsman VVS Laxman stated that visiting players will be tested and Cheteshwar Pujara would want to end his poor performance. The last time India toured England for a Test series (in 2018), Pujara had scored a well compiled hundred.

“There is no doubt that Pujara will be mindful of the lean patch he is going through, as far as scoring those big fifties or scoring those hundreds and you expect a lot from Pujara at the No.3 position because that is a very important position along with both the openers,” the former India batsman said during a discussion on Star Sports.

He stated that Pujara could take a leaf out of Rahul Dravid’s book, who scored 602 runs from four matches in the 2002 series, followed by 126 in three Tests in 2007 and another 461 runs from four games in 2011.

“In 2002 and 2007, the reason behind our victories on those two tours was because our top order and our No.3 batsman, which was Rahul Dravid, they fired. Once the top order sets a very good foundation, it allows the middle-order batsmen to come and play their natural game and while doing that you post a very healthy total in the first innings and you are always dictating the terms,” Laxman added.

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