Sachin Tendulkar was delightful at his best, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara put on a 93 runs with Sachin Tendulkar for the third wicket in the first innings against Australi in Chennai © AFP

Chennai: Feb 26, 2013

India’s number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara showered Sachin Tendulkar with praises and said that it was delight to see the maestro in full swing.

“At 11 for 2, it was really important for us to build a partnership and the one between Sachin paaji and me was very crucial to set up the innings. When Sachin paaji came in to bat, he was on the mark right from the first ball. He got three boundaries in the first over itself. I have never seen him in such positive mindset before. It was a pleasure watching him bat,” Pujara quipped, as reported by

Pujara and Tendulkar were going strong in the first innings of the Chennai Test against Australia when Pujara fell against the run of play to a delivery that had an uneven bounce.

“On the Indian wickets you expect uneven bounce. We’re used to it so it’s not a big problem for us,” Pujara said. “The ball I got out to kept a little low but the reason I got out was that I was a little late on the ball as I couldn’t sight the ball after it was half way through.”

“They were getting the ball to reverse but we were prepared for it. We knew that with a pace-heavy attack they will rely a lot on reverse swing as in the Indian conditions there’s not much of seam movement. They were trying to get the ball as early as possible so they could reverse it. During the partnership we were talking about how the ball was moving after the reverse swing started to happen. We spoke which way each bowler got the ball to move – in or away. That communication was really important while batting,” he added.

Pujara also felt that James Pattinson was the best amongst the Australian bowlers