In an interview on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) official website on Monday, the Saurashtra batsman stated that he was now learning the art of sledging, and that at some stage you needed it to unsettle the opposition.
Moeen Ali, the England allrounder, got to career-best positions in all three categories of International Cricket Council's rankings - batting, bowling and allrounder - after a prolific four-match series against South Africa in which he reaped 252 runs and 25 wickets - the first player to achieve the double in a four-Test series. He said, "I used to drop a lot of catches and as a result I used to get shifted from one position to another which hurt me a lot, so the last time India toured Sri Lanka in 2015, I chose to take 100 catches in every practice session which helped my slip fielding but I still want to keep improving at slip as it is a very crucial position in terms of taking catches".
Pujara, when asked by Rahane on the recent development, said: "I did not use to sledge earlier but now I am learning to sledge as it is a crucial part of the game and you need to learn a little bit of that, but it should not be personal". And these days you see I am making a lot of noise on the field. If you need to sledge a particular batsman, you need to sledge. Pujara's knock of 133 in his 50th Test has helped him to a career-high 888 points and third position while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth position with a score of 132. Pujara, I would give him more credit because he only plays one format for India.
"I am not as reserved as people think". While they even sledge when the need arises, both Rahane and Pujara go about their business in a calm and composed manner.
Ali's scores of 14 and 75 not out have helped him move up three positions back to a career-best 21st position among batsmen, while his seven wickets in the match have enabled him to retain a career-best ranking of 18th among bowlers and fourth in the table for all-rounders, in which he has crossed 400 points for the first time. "But, I am not as reserved as I used to be".