Cheteshwar Pujara will play for India in the first ever Test to be hosted by Rajkot    AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara will play for India in the first ever Test to be hosted by Rajkot AFP

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara recently said in an interview that he owes his success to his father. Pujara is known to have learnt cricket under the supervision of his father Arvind Pujara and during an interview that included both of them, he claimed it is his father who is responsible for the success he has tasted. As India prepare to face England in the upcoming five-match series at home, Rajkot gets to see two of the local heroes, Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja play in a Test for the first time at hometown. Rajkot will host its first ever Test starting from Wednesday. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

Talking to bcci.tv, Pujara said, “I owe my success to my dad. Not just as a coach, even as father he has been great. I lost my mother when I was 17 and he had to play both mom and dad to me. That phase wasn t easy for him and myself but he was mentally strong and never kept his focus out of my game. We kept working on it and he has been instrumental in my success with regards to cricket and life.”

He also revealed that his father was a strict coach. “He was very strict, especially in my early days. I was not allowed to go anywhere or celebrate any festivals like kite festival or Diwali because he thought that I might get hurt and that would not allow me to practice the following day. I had restrictions but it helped me focus on my game. Now we have come to terms where he is a bit liberal about what I do. He understands that there are times when cricketers need to relax a bit. We have a great rapport even now.”