Kumble is very happy with the way I have batted: Cheteshwar Pujara

Kumble is very happy with the way I have batted: Cheteshwar Pujara

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Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during the two-day tour match. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

In spite of his failure with the bat in the first Test, Cheteshwar Pujara remains to be one of India’s frontline batsmen in Test cricket. Viewed as a replacement to Indian legend Rahul Dravid, Pujara’s Test career kicked-off in perhaps the best possible fashions. However, of late, the Saurashtra batsman has been on a bit of a rough patch with many questioning his place in the side.

Pujara was dismissed in perhaps one of the most disappointing manners in the first Test at Antigua and will be hoping to make amends with the bat in the second Test. Although Pujara has not played at Sabina Park before, the fact remains that he would be trying to keep things simple. Pujara also added that coach Anil Kumble was impressed and certainly pleased with Pujara’s performance with the bat.

Speaking in an interview to Cricbuzz, “Things remain very simple. I always have to contribute and play with responsibility. And I have been doing that and keep working hard on my game as I have been. And I don’t think I need to really worry much about the kind of performances I have put on or what everyone is saying.”

“I have spoken to him, he told me about a few things which obviously I cannot disclose here. He has been very positive with the way I have batted in the past and contributions I have made. And he is very happy with the way I have been batting.”

“The first aim is to win the series and obviously, we would like to win all the Test matches. But one Test match at a time and we will be focussing on winning this Test. We have a positive environment and all the guys are charged up for this test match.”

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“I haven’t played a game here, but looking at the wicket at present it is difficult to predict what sort of pitch we will get here. Overall, as a team, we have been playing good cricket and that is what we will look to do. We won’t worry too much about the wicket and I think if we play to our potential there is a good chance of winning the series.”

“We have a simple goal, we want to win it. So, that’s the target currently, starting from the second Test, but the goal is to win the series. Going ahead we want to be the No.1 test team in the world.”