Cheteshwar Pujara Reflects On His Journey To 50th Test
One of the mainstays of the Indian middle order in the longest format of the game, Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to appear in his 50th Test for his country when India lock horns with Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from Thursday. Pujara has an appetite to grind for long hours and play those marathon innings with which we associate his style of batting. It has been a wonderful journey for Pujara in the international circuit so far and with the form he has been in of late he hopes to score a few runs for his nation in his 50th Test.
“It has been a wonderful journey so far. Playing the 50th Test match for the country will be a proud moment for me. When I started playing cricket, I thought that Test cricket is always something that I wanted to play. The way things have shaped up so far, I feel my career has been really good. There have been ups and downs but looking at the recent form, I will be looking forward to playing the 50th Test match and score some runs for the team,” Pujara was quoted as saying by BCCI.
The star batsman conceded that 2010 was the most crucial year for him when he made his Test debut and from being just another batsman in the team he has transformed himself as one of the mainstays in the Indian middle order.
“2010 was the most crucial year for me when I made my debut and played my first Test match. I still remember it clearly because I wanted to play with some legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and many of them were part of the Indian team. To share the dressing room with them was special and I still remember those moments. It was a great learning curve for me as well.
“These batting stalwarts always worked hard on their game. Many of them did score more than 10000 runs when I was part of the team but they were always working hard to improve their game. They were all grounded and they were trying to support young players. Whenever I wanted some guidance from them, they were always trying to help me. I think the work ethic and their determination and the pride for representing the country were always there. So, I’ve learnt many things and it’s very difficult to describe things in a few words,” Pujara said.
Pujara also emphasised on the fact that he has changed in his intent and his hunger for runs are increasing with each passing day. “I have been batting well and one thing that I have changed is my intent. I would also like to add a few more shots in my batting going ahead. I have already started working on it. Playing different formats of the game is something which I would like to do. The way I am batting now, I am very confident that I can add a few more shots in my game which will help me play different formats of this game.”
India is all set to travel overseas for a series against South Africa earlier next year which will be followed by the tour to England and Pujara with some handy county experience behind his back will look to score some runs overseas.
“I would definitely like to score runs, but there won’t be any pressure this time as I have played some county cricket. Playing in England will always be challenging, the wickets are bowler-friendly but I would definitely like to score some runs. But I wouldn’t think that far ahead because we have a tour of South Africa first after this series. The next away tour is South Africa and I would like to prepare for that,” the star batsman concluded.
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