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We proved ourselves today: Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara told the press reporters that India’s strong reply meant the visitors’ young batsmen have proven themselves on the day 3 of the first test match at Adelaide earlier today.

India end day 3 at 369/5 trailing the Aussies by 148 runs after the hosts declared their first innings at the overnight score of 517/7. Skipper Virat Kohli scored his seventh Test hundred and backed thegood work done by Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara himself.

“We discussed that we needed to fight back in the match. We talked about what they have scored on this pitch and the kind of wicket this is. We discussed that given the batting line up we have we can surely achieve this. Overall we have a very good, young batting line up and it was about proving ourselves. We did that and we are in a good position to achieve our target,” Pujara said.

Pujara, who had a miserable tour of England, played for county side Derbyshire to improve his batting and it worked in favour of the Saurashtra run-machine.

“I have prepared hard for this tour. I believe in preparation and even though I just scored 73, I am quite happy with how it worked out for me. Earlier, at times I have been getting good starts but have not been able to capitalise on them. You cannot possibly score double hundreds all the time. But the intention is to keep trying to score as many runs as possible. You also have to respect the opposition. When I do get out, I analyse what went wrong and what are the areas I can work on to become a better player,” Pujara added.

“The conditions here are quite different from the ones in Derbyshire. But playing there helped me obviously. When you play there in England, you have fast bowlers swinging the ball all the time because they get help from the wicket. You have to be technically correct all the time to survive there and so it does help,” he concluded.

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