Veteran India batter Cheteshwar Pujara, has said “form is temporary but class is permanent” while backing him and Ajinkya Rahane. The duo is struggling with the form but they put on a good partnership in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test.
“We are confident and there is lot of backing from team management. We have always been learning from Sunny bhai and whenever I have spoken to him, he has always been supportive,” Pujara said at the end of the day’s play.
He understands that questions will be asked when runs will dry up but players like him and Rahane have won a lot of games for the team.
“Yes, there are times when you are going through bad form, there will be questions but we are confident players. Myself and Ajinkya and we know we are working hard on our game and there’s a saying form is temporary but class is permanent and it applies here.
“We have done well in past and management has showed a lot of faith in us and it has paid for sure and once batter is back in form, you keep scoring runs and keep going up and up,” he said.
Pujara also backed Rishabh Pant after the wicketkeeper was criticised for getting out on a poor shot on Day 3.
“We all know that Rishabh plays an attacking game. While he didn’t get runs in this game, he will surely come good in the coming games,” Pujara said.
South Africa were at 118/2 in the chase of 240 at the end of Day 3.