Cheteshwar Pujara mastering the ‘important’ art of sledging

first_imgKnown to be one of the quietest cricketers on the field, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that he is slowly trying to change that perception about himself and is learning the art of sledging.Test cricket often requires fielders to engage in mind games and Pujara says that it is important to sledge the batsman from time to time as it helps the bowlers get wickets more often than not.”I have started to sledge now. I’m still learning the art of sledging. Sledging is something which is always on the field, if you feel that you need to sledge someone then you need to do it.”Because at times bowlers need some help and if we can help as a fielder and if we can talk to the batsmen and do a little bit of sledging then yeah why not, sometimes you do need to sledge,” Pujara told Ajinkya Rahane in a candid interview for PhotoPujara had started off the interview by introducing Rahane as someone who shares similar traits with him and is quiet on and off the field. To which Rahane said his family background and activities like yoga and karate helps him keep calm at all times.”I’m not that quiet as you have just infact I do like to speak a lot, especially when I’m with my wife. I have started to speak more since I’ve got married. But I’ve been like this since my childhood.”I used to do things like karate, meditation and do yoga as well. Also my family background has been like that so I’ve got this nature from the very beginning. Staying calm has helped me across all formats. It helps in my decision-making a lot,” Rahane said.advertisementTalking about his love for Playstation, especially FIFA, Pujara said, “FIFA is something which I like a lot. You (Rahane) don’t play it as much but Virat, Wriddhiman, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan love to play the game and I make a lot of noise while playing it.”While most of the players prefer spending time on Playstation and video games, Rahane revealed that he likes to read sports based autobiographies when he’s not playing cricket.”I generally like to read sports based books. I’m reading Open at the moment and I prefer autobiographies. Apart from that I like to spend time with my wife, my family. I like to go out for movies. I prefer staying at home and having home cooked food.”On that note Pujara asked Rahane what he likes to eat and what all he’s avoiding right now.”I like to eat sweets and I love chocolates a lot but I can’t have all that right now. But apart from that I love Chinese and Japanese cuisine. In this kind of weather we need to eat carbs as well to maintain our fitness in humid conditions,” Rahane said.last_img read more