Patient Pujara: I'm more Kallis than Maxwell

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Kings XI Punjab opener Cheteshwar Pujara has defended his comparatively slow strike rate, saying his role in the side is not to be the big hitter, but rather the solid presence at the other end.

Kings XI Punjab opener Cheteshwar Pujara has defended his comparatively slow strike rate, saying his role in the side is not to be the big hitter, but rather the solid presence at the other end.

Pujara, who is one of India's star Test batsmen but doesn't have a single T20 cap, has been criticised for his slow batting, but says he is more like Jacques Kallis, who opens for Kolkata and also keeps things steady.

Pujara has made scores of 13, 40 not out and 35 in this year's IPL so far, with his side winning all three games, so he feels he is doing the job asked of him, allowing Maxwell and others to do the big hitting.

Pujara told iplt20.com: "I cannot be flamboyant like [Glenn] Maxwell or [David] Miller, but I can always be a Jacques Kallis who plays proper cricketing shots, but can still score runs at a good strike-rate.

"My way of hitting may be classical where you try and time the ball. My role in the team is to stick at one end.

"I intend to rotate the strike and hit the boundaries as and when it is possible. I am opening the innings and I have to be ready to hit the ball from ball one or the very first over.

"The job becomes a bit difficult, but with time and few more matches, I will get better. I am getting better with each passing day."

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