Cheteshwar Pujara once again reiterated that it was wrong to compare him with Rahul Dravid, the original Wall of Indian cricket. “It is a wrong comparison as Rahul Dravid has scored more than 10,000 runs in two formats. I am just starting off on my career and don’t want to put any extra pressure on myself. I want to play my natural game and continue playing for Team India. Don’t have any long term plans for the moment,’’ said the new Indian batting star on Saturday.
However, the centurion agreed this ton was much better than the one he scored a double century there.
“I think this innings was better than the Ahmdabad one. This was more satisfying than the double hundred. We were in trouble and the team needed a score on the board. I thought even the wicket was difficult to bat on. Yes it was satisfying to score a hundred in a difficult situation,’’ he pointed out.
Pujara, who has already scored three centuries, including one double century, said consistency was most important for any player.
“I am happy I am able to perform consistently. That’s what I always try to do. I do the same thing in domestic circuit and I am happy to be doing that internationally as well,’’ he said.
Pujara said he was a player who can one-day cricket too. “I can play ODI format too. I have done the same thing in domestic one day tournaments like Challenger Trophy and I was very successful. I think I will get my chances in ODI format. I just need to keep improving.’’
The star batsman felt the wicket has eased as compared to the first day’s play. “Initially it was difficult to play spinners. But the wicket is slowing down a bit. It’s just two days so far. It might turn later on, but it’s very difficult to predict the wicket now,’’ he said, adding that “our first target was to put up 350 on the board. We tried our best and in the end had a decent total on the board.’’
The Indian team was expecting to take more wickets but a couple of decisions went against them, he felt. “A couple of decisions went against us. I feel we bowled decently. It might be a different day on Sunday. It turns a bit more in the first session. We have to utilise that and get some more wickets on Sunday.’’
Pujara also had a word of praise for England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar. “He was quite impressive and I knew he will be bowling well in this kind of wicket, because I faced him the practice match at the D Y Patil Stadium and he was good.”