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Cheteshwar Pujara says century against England in Mumbai Test more satisfying

Cheteshwar Pujara says century in Mumbai Test against England more satisfying

Cheteswhar Pujara slammed his third Test ton in the second Test against England at Mumbai © PTI

Mumbai: Nov 24, 2012

Young Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday rated his century in the first innings of the ongoing second Test higher than the unbeaten double hundred he struck in the first Test, saying it has come in a more challenging situation.
 
Pujara, who is in scorching form, scored 135 to script India‘s revival in the second Test.
 
“I think this innings was better than the Ahmedabad one. This was more satisfying than the double hundred. We were in trouble and the team needed a score on the board. Even the wicket was difficult to bat on. Yes it was satisfying to score a hundred in a difficult situation,” said Pujara, who had scored 206 not out in the series opener at west Indian Ahmedabad city.
 
“The first target was to put up 350 on the board. We tried out best and in the end had a decent total.”
 
Pujara, who has batted for over 1,000 minutes and has been dismissed just once in three innings in the series, conceded that they needed a few more England wickets on Saturday but was optimistic it will happen on Sunday morning.
 
“The wicket (pitch) has eased out a bit. We needed more wickets. A couple of decisions went against us. I feel we bowled decently. It might be a different day tomorrow. It turns a bit more in the first session, we have to utilize that and get some more wickets tomorrow,” he said.
 
“Initially it was difficult to play spinners. But wicket is slowing down a bit. It’s just two days so far. It might turn later on, but it’s very difficult to predict the wicket now,” he elaborated.
 
Pujara dismissed comparisons with the player he has replaced in the team the legendary Rahul Dravid.
 
“Consistency is the most important point for a batsman and I am happy I am able to perform consistently. That’s what I always try to do. I do the same thing in domestic format and happy to be doing that internationally.
 
“It’s a wrong comparison as Rahul Dravid has scored more than 10000 runs each in both the formats. I am just starting my career and don’t want to put any extra pressure on myself. I want to play my natural game and continue for Team India,” he said.

Pujara also praised England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who took his 11th five-wicket haul in an innings.
 
“He was quite impressive and I knew he will be bowling well on this kind of wicket, because I faced him in the practice match at the D Y Patil Stadium. He knew the areas where he had to bowl. He utilised the wicket very well.”
 
Pujara also dismissed the talks that he was a Test player who cannot adapt to the shorter format of the game.
 
“I can play ODI format too. I have done the same thing in domestic One day Challenger Trophy, I was very successful. I think I will get my chances in ODI format. Just need to keep improving myself as a batsman,” he said.
 
Pujara, who was hit on the ribs by a sweep shot from rival skipper Alastair Cook, said he had some soreness in the area but was otherwise fine.
 
“I got a little bit of soreness on my ribs. But I should be fine,” he said in his post-day comments, adding substitute fielder Ajinkya Rahane, who was also struck on his elbow by one sweep shot, was also fine.
 
“Ajinkya is fine. A little bit of soreness in his elbow he’s icing it up. Not a major injury,” he said.

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