After having won the Player of the Series award for his performances in the recently concluded two-match Test series against Bangladesh, Team India batter Cheteshwar Pujara opined on his changed batting approach. Notably, he also played a key role for India’s win in the first contest in Chattogram, where he also managed to end his international century drought as well. Pujara scored 90 and 102* across both innings in the first Test as well.
While crediting his county stint in England and domestic cricket with Saurashtra for his changed method of playing Tests, Pujara said to Ravichandran Ashwin in an interaction after the team’s series win in Dhaka as well.
“I was pretty happy with the way things went, particularly in the second innings (of the first Test) because that was the ideal situation for me to showcase the shots which I have been practicing. A lot of credit has to go to the amount of white-ball cricket I played for Sussex and Saurashtra,” Cheteshwar Pujara shared. “It helped me gain confidence, I was playing those shots before that as well, but in Tests you always kind of hesitate, you always want to put a price on your wicket, you don’t want to take the risk when you can score runs down the ground.”
However, his century in the second innings of the first Test was his first three-figure mark since the New Year’s Test against Australia in 2019 as well. Alongside him, Shubman Gill also scored a hundred and their respective hundreds helped India win as well.
“You know I have been working in this for quite some time. It’s been a couple of years. Last Test match was the one where I got the opportunity to do that, which you have been pushing me to do as well,” Cheteshwar Pujara concluded.