Cheteshwar Pujara is currently playing for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ©PTI
Cheteshwar Pujara is currently playing for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ©PTI

The young Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has not taken a moment off the field after India vs South Africa series, while many other cricketers were enjoying a while away from cricket. Pujara has being playing limited over series in domestic matches with the current one being Syed Musthtaq Ali’s Saurasthra squad. He has was playing for Saurasthra at Vijay Hazare Trophy and played a couple of half centuries and has been continuing to show same potential at Syed Mushtaq Ali as well. He is concentrating on bettering himself as short-format player. He wants to set tone for Twenty20 format games as he feels his performance gets better in short-format games. ALSO READ: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16: Cheteshwar Pujara’s 81 help Saurashtra dismantle Jammu and Kashmir by 73 runs

While speaking to Times of India, Pujara said, “I have been able to do that because I worked very hard in nets recently. I have included more shots in my batting and I am changing gears according to situation. I believe I have perfect technique and improvising shots was not at all difficult for me.” Though he is a nightmare for the spinners, he says it his approach against pacers which is helping him score at a brisk pace. “I have worked very hard on lofted shots to both spinners and pacers. But since I am opening for Saurashtra, I am taking my chances against pacers. I assess the situation and decide when is the time to change gears and take on the opposition. Though there is no set format which tells you that now is the time to jump out and hit bowlers, it is situational,” added Pujara. ALSO READ: Cheteshwar Pujara named brand ambassador of Rajkot half marathon

Since Pujara could not find the space for upcoming tour of Australia, the 27-year old says he is moulding himself for the shorter format as well. Pujara adds, “Not many a times you have freedom of scoring the way you want. At times even if you get out, you don’t feel bad because you were trying to accelerate and you failed. When I play T20, I don’t have the fear of getting out. If the ball is meant to be hit for a six or four, I am going for it.”