Kolkata : Taking a dig at the media for calling young talent Cheteshwar Pujara a replacement for retired batting great Rahul Dravid, dashing willower Virender Sehwag Saturday suggested they should have rather waited for a few more matches.
“When (Cheteshwar) Pujara scored double and a hundred, only you guys (media) said he’s a replacement for Rahul Dravid.
“You didn’t wait for a couple of matches. And now media is saying that Dravid and VVS (Laxman are not there,” Sehwag told media persons to queries whether he was missing the two former cricketers.
Indian batting came apart in the second innings on day four of the third cricket Test match against England Saturday, and the hosts were staring at defeat with only a 32-run lead over England and one wicket in hand.
While Dravid retired from international cricket in March, Laxman hung up his boots in August.
Pujara scored an unbeaten 206 in the opening Test of the series at Ahmedabad, and followed it up with 135 in the second match at Mumbai.
The two consecutive hundreds had sent the media into raptures, triggering lot of comparisons with Dravid.
However, Sehwag exuded confidence that the youngsters will come good with time.
“It’s a transitional period for us. They will bounce back and score runs.”