Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara opened up about his current form. He feels that upcoming series against Australia will be a hard fought series, and he is prepared to carry his good form forward.
Right handed batsman said “I would look to continue the same form. Probably try and do even better than whatever I did against New Zealand and England. I have learned from the mistakes which I did during these series and continue the good things which I have done in the previous two series. Australia will be obviously challenging but we are playing as a team (and) have done well against New Zealand and England, particularly England was a tough team to beat, and we were playing a five-Test match series, which is always tough. So the way we played in the last year, we should continue doing the same thing.”
Indian Test specialist marks England series win very highly and said “They (England) started off well in Rajkot, we made a very good comeback and then from second Test match onwards we were in command. Though they were playing good cricket, we played better cricket than them and that was the reason (why) we were successful, All in all, we played as a team, our fast bowlers also picked up wickets when needed and that was the reason we were successful.”
Saurashtra led opened about his captain, who recently took over the leadership in all three formats and added “I don’t want to discuss much his captaincy. But his fitness, the kind of fitness he has and the way he performs as a captain, he leads from the front. His fielding is remarkable, he excels in all the aspects of his game and he works hard, we have a captain who is leading from the front.”
Pujara just scored a century in T20 format in the D Y Patil Twenty20 Cup. He explained about this achievement, “Basically it’s always about expressing yourself. It’s (about) understanding the format and playing some shots, which I have already started for which I have already got success. I have also worked on my game to suit this particular format (T20), because it is just about shifting your gears, shifting it from first ball onwards, because if there is a ball to hit for a six, even if it’s the first ball, you have to hit it.”
It shows how much he wants to take the field against mighty Aussies. One on his two double hundreds came against the same opponent when they visited India last time in 2013. In the previous year 2016, he scored three successive centuries. All of those tons came on the grounds, who were hosting their debut test. First at Indore, second in his home ground at Rajkot followed by the third at Vizag.