Cheteshwar Pujara sounded pretty optimistic after accomplishing his stint with Yorkshire. The Indian test star recently donned the Yorkshire colors and became the only Indian after the great Sachin Tendulkar to play for Yorkshire.
Pujara scored a brisk ton for the county in his final innings of the tour. Pujara also said that he “had achieved his targets.” By the targets, he would have meant the experience he gained of playing in English conditions.
“I could have achieved more though as I had a few 30s where I was well set and I had the chance to get a big one,” said Pujara. “A couple of decisions didn’t go my way which is a part of the game. Overall, I achieved my targets. The experience of playing in those conditions helped me learn a lot. The dressing room atmosphere was fantastic and I enjoyed playing for them.”
“At the beginning of the season, the wickets are always difficult to bat on in the UK,” said the 27 year old. “I thought getting a hundred and a fifty in those conditions was really important. I was getting starts so I was not nervous and I didn’t have issues facing seam bowling. There were a couple of really challenging wickets where batting was really difficult. I survived those conditions and it boosted my confidence.”
Pujara also spoke about the various challenges which test batsmen have to face. “When you play in challenging conditions, you learn about your technique and how to score runs in difficult situations,” he said. “So, the pressure makes you matured. Once you score runs in those conditions, you believe in yourself and you can do it any conditions. When you play Test cricket, the wickets are generally good to bat but in county cricket you get result-oriented wickets. So you bat in challenging conditions and having done that, I’m definitely a better player.”
The solid batsman also hoped of doing well for the one off test in Bangladesh. Pujara also said that he was keen to bat at his favourite position of number 3. “Since I’ve been batting at No. 3, I’m comfortable there but it also depends on the team’s requirement,” he said. “If there is a need to change my batting position, I’ll bat at that position but I think the team wants me to bat at No. 3 and that is where I have performed well in the past. I think No. 3 suits me as well as the team.”
Pujara played four games for Yorkshire and scored 264 runs in six innings with a ton and a half century to his name.