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It was Cheteshwar Pujara’s knock that allowed India to post a total of 170 plus on a seam friendly track © IANS

India‘s trustable top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday credited his county cricket stint with Nottinghamshire, following his fighting knock of 52 on Day Two against visitors Sri Lanka in the first of the three Test series at the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. It was his knock that allowed India to post a total of 170 plus on a seamer-friendly track, where the batsmen were struggling to get past 30 runs. Nevertheless, the Lankans have managed to bat well as they are currently 165 for the loss of four wickets, while they trail by just seven runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 1st Test at Eden Gardens

On his county stint

“Playing county cricket has definitely helped me. “I played eight matches which is almost half of the matches as over there you play 16 games. I played four games before the Sri Lanka series and four after the series so…it gave me lot of exposure. At the same time I have played on many challenging wickets and as a cricketer I have learnt many things and I am improved and understood my game,” said Pujara during the post-day press conference.

On the match so far

“At this stage we are very much in the game. Wicket has got a lot better. We got 170-odd runs now we have got four wickets. We are confident if weather permits, we will make a game out of it. Overall if we look at the weather, today it was much better and the clouds were not around. When the clouds were around there was help for the fast bowler. When we were fielding sun was out. Wicket now is better so there is something in it for the fast bowlers. They got off to a good start but we fought back. Hopeully tomorrow our fast bowlers will come good and if we can get couple of wickets early, we can run through them.” FULL CRICKET UPDATES: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 1st Test at Eden Gardens, Day 3

On Indian batting

“I think talking about this team, we are ready to play on any kind of wicket. Against New Zealand when we played here there was some help for the fast bowlers. So I think this team is ready to play in any conditions. This is not a 350-400 wicket. We might have added 30-40 runs more but it’s still a decent wicket considering how wicket was behaving in the last two days.”

“Personally, I love playing on challenging wickets. It suits my temperament and technique. On these wickets, your character comes up and you feel that you’re confident and can pull a team out of trouble. I try and stay strong when the wicket is difficult.”

On Shami’s injury

“I don’t think there’s anything serious. I’m not sure exactly what has happened but it’s just a minor injury and he should be back on the field tomorrow.”