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Exclusive | Cheteshwar Pujara is India's most important player in Tests after Virat Kohli: Virender Sehwag to India TV

Sehwag lauded Chesteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane as he feels that their names aren't mentioned the most but their inputs are highly important.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: November 22, 2017 21:33 IST ]
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A file image of Cheteshwar Pujara during a Test match.Photo:AP

Ahead of India's second Test against Sri Lanka, former India opener Virender Sehwag said the Indian fast bowlers can make the most of the green top in Nagpur. Looking back at his time when India faced Australia in 2004 at Nagpur, the wicket helped the pacers swing the ball better and in the current condition, India's seamers can make the most of the wicket as it can help them prepare for the Proteas tour. 

"That time Australia was considered as one of the best teams and whatever the conditions were in Nagpur, we had to play accordingly to that. Now the green top can help the Indian batsman counter the Sri Lankan bowlers," Virender Sehwag told India TV during "Cricket Ki Baat" show.

"It was players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly that played well on a turning track such as the one in Nagpur".

Virat Kohli and Co. can do a better job in Nagpur as the bowlers such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami can make the ball swing on a green top.

Sehwag also lauded Chesteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane as he feels that their names aren't mentioned the most but their inputs are highly important. 

"Pujara is the most important person in the team and can play on any condition. Seaming, swing and turning, Pujara can handle and play with ease on these conditions," said Sehwag on Pujara's role in the team. 

"Rahane plays well outside and has scored many runs. These two names aren't taken the most but do play an important role". 

India's bowlers are currently one of the most fierced in the sport and the former cricketer has compared the current pacers to the likes of Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar who were considered to take wickets on any conditions.

"Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar. These bowlers were one of the best bowling attack as they managed to bowl well on a turning track", says Sehwag.

India take on Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test match of the three-match series in the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on November 24.

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