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Cheteshwar Pujara IANS

The series against Sri Lanka will start from November 16, at the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. One of the prime members of the Indian Test side, Cheteshwar Pujara, who is all set to play an important role in the side during the series, has not just set his sight on this tour but is also looking ahead to the South Africa tour, which will start from January. He has also termed this series at the ‘build-up series’ ahead of the much important South Africa tour, where the Indians are yet to win a Test series. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 1st Test at Eden Gardens

On the upcoming South Africa tour

“Obviously, next year’s South Africa series is something that is there at the back of my mind. The upcoming Sri Lanka series will be a good opportunity to prepare for the South Africa assignment. I am confident of doing well. The main preparation will certainly start closer to the series. But I believe once we assemble to play the Test series against Sri Lanka, there will be some serious discussions on the South African tour. There will be strategies and plans in place,” said Pujara, as reported by PTI.

On his homeworks and strategies ahead of the Lanka series

“Like every series, I will be doing my own homework. There are a a few areas that I will like to work in the nets before the series. Those are very specific things but it will be unfair to reveal them as that’s a part of the strategy.” SL focusing on their strengths against IND, says Nic Pothas

On India dominating Lanka in the last series

“I agree that during the last series, Sri Lanka’s bowling attack may not been one of the best but Test runs never come easy. You have to fight for every run that you score in longer format. Also every series is a new series. Your intensity does not change according to the opposition you play. Sri Lanka is also an international side and you have to give them the same respect like any other team.”

On his previous nine First-Class innings with a half-century

“I always knew that a big innings is just round the corner. When you know that you are batting well, you can feel it. It was about one good innings and it came against Jharkhand.” Chandimal: SL looking forward to take challenge against IND

On most double hundreds in First-Class for India

“Actually, I didn’t know about the record while I was batting. I only came to know about it once second day’s play was over. I got a few text messages and came to know that it was a national record. It was a good feeling indeed knowing that there are some great players on that list.”

On Virat Kohli’s captaincy

“Each and every batsman has his own distinct style of batsmanship. It’s of no use trying to copy anyone else. Each and every player has his own strengths and builds his game accordingly.”