He stamped his authority in the just-concluded India A’ tour to England scoring 322 in three first class games, including a double hundred, and 332 in five one day matches. Back in India, the Saurashtra batsman declared that he is ready for international cricket.
“I don’t need to wait now, I am ready for international cricket. I have been scoring heavily in the domestic cricket and have enough experience to make it to the Indian team. I think my time has come,” the 22-year-old Pujara told DNA.
The Rajkot-born middle-order batsman said he enjoyed playing in the English conditions. “It was a good experience. I got to learn a lot and enjoyed playing there. I was playing for the first time in those conditions and it was a great experience.” He added, “The conditions and wickets were helpful for bowlers. It wasn’t easy playing in the longer format. It is difficult to tackle the seaming and swinging ball. I got to learn that in England.”
Pujara was thankful to coach Praveen Amre. “He was helpful. Whenever we needed him he was there. He used to work on the finer points of our game,” he added.
Pujara, however, is not too happy to be branded as a Test specialist. “I can play in all formats. I have done well for KKR in the IPL. Then there is one day cricket in which you have enough time to perform. T20 is more challengingSo it is not that I can only play well in longer version of the game,” he said.
He is also tipped to continue the legacy of Rahul Dravid and is often compared to him, but he doesn’t take the compliment seriously. “It is an honour but I don’t like to being compared with Rahul. I just try to perform to the best of my ability and don’t throw my wicket away unnecessarily.”
What is the secret of his consistency? “I don’t like to get out. I just enjoy staying in the middle and to score runs. If one needs to play for India he has to make his way through performances which I try to do whenever I get an opportunity. I don’t give up.”
Cheteshwar Pujara was born on January 25th, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheteshwar_Pujara