The Spine of Indian Test Team Chesteswar Pujara is revered for his peerless mental strength on the field, however little did the fans know that the 33-year old was once is a worse phase of his professional life where he almost lost hope of playing cricket again. READ MORE I’m happy to donate N95 masks to people: Ravichandran Ashwin asks for ways to distribute masks
The Resilient top-order batsman Pujara recently spoke in a Youtube Interview on Mind Matters and expressed his untold thoughts in the session.
Sameer Kocchar , the former IPL host, asked about the darkest times in his professional career to which Pujara cited about his first injury back in 2011 which lowkey made him feel he would lose the ability to play cricket again.
“When I had my first injury, to come back from it was the toughest time of my cricketing career. The moment our team physio came to and spoke to me that the recovery will be about six months. So, I was so upset, I started crying. I was in a negative mindset at that time. ‘Will I be able to play this game again? Will I be able to play at the international level again?” Cheteshwar Pujara said.
However, the 33-year-old soon started talking to hispeers who gave him positive vibes which helped him come out of the negative mindset.
“So, slowly I started talking to my family members, my father, my friends and they started giving me positive feedback that you will come out of this, don’t worry about it. So, I stopped worrying about my future and started focusing on my present,” he further added.
Chesteshwar Pujara ever since his test debut in 2010, has proved to be a reliable batsman for the team. Over his International career span of 11 years, he has scored over 6,000 runs at a top-tier average of 46.59.
Pujara has several peerless records in the contemporary cricket for playing as many balls as one could only imagine.
The 33-year old played absolutely magnificent part in the historic gabba win where he kept one end fighting playing as many as 211 balls despite minor injuries he went through the match.
Pujara has stepped up on several occasions in critical situations. He will play a crucial part ahead of the World Test Cup final to be played against New Zealand next month on June 18 at Southampton.