Mahendra Singh Dhoni told me not to get complacent: Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara said AB de Villiers, his IPl teammate, has been helpful to him by providing tips from time to time Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Sep 09, 2012

Cheteshwar Pujara, who is back from the Test series against New Zealand, is overjoyed after being congratulated by Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, when he scored his maiden Test century at Hyderabad.

“I have grown up seeing their batting and when you score a hundred and get messages from these stalwarts, it really means a lot,” an overwhelmed Pujara said.

“Players of their calibre will always be missed in the dressing room. During my debut series, I had the opportunity to see the way these two seniors used to prepare before a Test. They never missed a training session and for a newcomer like me, that was big motivation. Even today, we have Sachin Tendulkar. He is someone we all look to learn from every day,” Pujara was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Pujara didn t miss out from getting few tips from Indian Premier League teammate AB de Villiers, who was touring England.

“I took some tips from AB during the IPL and before travelling to the West Indies for the ‘A’ tour series. He has been very helpful.”

Pujara also mentioned how skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni advised him not to get carried away and be ‘complacent.

“During the Hyderabad Test when I scored my hundred, Dhoni came up and told me not to get complacent. He reminded me that I can go on to score a double hundred because I have done it in domestic cricket on many occasions. It was quite encouraging to hear those words from the captain,” he said.

India might have won the Test series against New Zealand but Pujara feels you can only win when the team performs well.

“You still have to play well to beat an international side. Their bowling wasn’t bad at all. They bowled in the right areas. It will be a different challenge against England and Australia. I will have to make use of the opportunity given to me by the selectors,” Pujara concluded.