Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was all praise for number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and pace bowler Umesh Yadav for their excellent performance in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2017.
“Pujara has been a silent warrior, terrific temperament, and somebody again who (is) dedicated, disciplined and focused. I have seen him from close quarters and I was impressed with what I saw, I knew that this guy is there for long time,” Sachin Tendulkar told NDTV in a news report.
During the course of the year, Cheteshwar Pujara went past Gautam Gambhir for most runs in a home season. His 202 at Ranchi is now the longest innings by an Indian in Tests. He also made a match-winning 92 during the Bengaluru Test.
Speaking about Umesh Yadav, Sachin Tendulkar said, “The way guys have shown discipline and commitment, 13 Test matches in a row, I don’t remember anything like that happening during our period and someone like Umesh has played 12 of them, so for a fast bowler it is really taxing, that shows that you are going to work on your body.”
“Umesh is a kind of a bowler who keeps getting better with time, the more he bowls the better he gets. And you could see that, the last innings of the season that he bowled was possibly the best spell,” Sachin Tendulkar further added.
The fast bowler from Vidarbha finished with a highly impressive haul of 17 wickets in the four Tests against Australia. He claimed some important wickets throughout the series. “I think somebody who bowls good reverse swing will always be effective in India. The surfaces, texture, there is reverse swing and it happened in Dharamsala as well. Umesh bowled a couple of damn good reverse swingers,” Sachin Tendulkar stated.