Chetseshwar Pujara confident of his return to India squad

Chetseshwar Pujara said he is a man of positive attitude and strongly believes that confidence is the key to success in any walk of life Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Rajkot: Oct 24, 2011

Saurashtra’s star batsman Chetseshwar Pujara said on Monday that he is confident of making it to the national side for the tour of Australia.

Pujara sustained an injury in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year.

Earlier, he had injured his left ligament while practising before the first ball was bowled in the second edition of the IPL, played in South Africa, in 2009, when he was part of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Currently playing in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament (West Zone), Pujara said he is prepared for the Ranji Trophy matches that commence in November.

“I’m quite fit now. I’ve been practicing regularly. I run well and I’ve no difficulty whatsoever in any of my body movements. I train under physio Nitin Patel at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, which I visit regularly during my schedules in a month. I may not play the first couple of Ranji Trophy games, but I’m ready for competitive cricket now after a considerably long hiatus,” he told in an interview to

“Of course, I miss first-class cricket. I miss Test cricket even more. But you’re helpless against injuries, which are part and parcel of a sportsman’s life. I’m keen, even determined, to be back on the track again. I know I’ve to prove my fitness and then to score runs as in the past.

“But I see no problem doing both once I start playing cricket. I’m sure of regaining my place in Team India and confident of making it to the Australian tour. I’m a man of positive attitude and I strongly believe that confidence is the key to success in any walk of life,” he added.

“I don’t want to go into ifs and buts. All I’m concerned about is what lies ahead for me.

“I’ve always tried to give my best for India whenever I’ve got opportunities to represent the country in any form of cricket at any level. I feel encouraged when truly great cricketers like Gundappa Viswanath appreciate my technique and performance. This is a big motivation for me. I’m determined to make a comeback,” Pujara said.