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Brad Hogg feels Prithvi Shaw will be the ideal replacement of Pujara at No. 3

By Bet Barter

July 4, 2021

Brad Hogg believes Prithvi Shaw could be an ideal replacement for Cheteshwar Pujara if India is thinking about options for the England series. The former Australian bowler was answering a fan question in which he was asked whether KL Rahul should replace Pujara in the 5-Test series versus England. The 50-year-old stated that young batsman Prithvi Shaw is the perfect replacement for the veteran. He further reckoned that the youngster has a lot of talent and a long future to bat at the number three spot.

Cheteshwar Pujara has had mixed outings in English conditions in the last two tours

Considered the Wall of Indian Cricket after Rahul Dravid, Cheteshwar Pujara managed to score 841 runs from 18 matches in the ICC World Test Championship. His poor form continued in the final clash against New Zealand. In that, he managed to score only 23 runs, and India went down by eight wickets in Southampton. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 8 balls off 54 deliveries in the first innings and 15 off 80 balls in the second. Team India failed to put up a decent score in either of the innings, which cost them big time in the end.

During the course of the two-year World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, Cheteshwar Pujara has failed to score a century. He scored at an average of less than 30. The veteran will next be seen in action during India's forthcoming five-Test series against England. England is going to host India for five Tests at Trent Bridge, Lord's, Emerald Headingley, the Kia Oval, and Emirates Old Trafford. The first game of the series will start on August 4. Joe Root-led team lost the away series in India 1-3. They also suffered a 1-0 defeat against the Kiwis earlier this month.

Talking about Cheteshwar Pujara's performance against England, he has had mixed outings in English conditions in the last two tours. Overall, the veteran has played 10 matches in England. He has scored 523 runs at an average of 27.52, including a hundred and two half-centuries.

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