CHENNAI: India Test No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara loves to play long innings and frustrate bowlers with his patient batting. But those knocks had to have a starting point when he is beginning from scratch.
Pujara said that he prefers to take an extremely cautious approach while facing the first delivery of an innings every time he walks out to bat.
“(I’m) not nervous, but you do need to be cautious in the beginning because of a few reasons. First, your body isn’t warmed up. Then, you have to get used to the pace of the pitch. The sightscreen also varies from stadium to stadium. So the visibility is also different. So you need to get used to that. That’s why you have to be cautious so that you get into a rhythm,” Pujara, who has been training at his academy, located in the outskirts of Rajkot, said on Sony Ten Pitstop.
Pujara on Monday returned to training amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 32-year-old batsman posted a couple of pictures of himself on Instagram where he is seen to be padding up and getting ready to bat at the nets.
“Back at it… felt like a long time away but just as I took the stance felt as if it was yesterday,” Pujara captioned the photos.

In another small video, he is seen playing a front-foot defence. India fielding coach R Sridhar remarked saying that the top-order batsman is in for a long session. “The line-up of the gloves (as displayed in the photo) suggest that it’s gonna be a looooooong session,” Sridhar replied to Pujara’s Instagram’s post.
India are scheduled to play a four-Test series against hosts Australia later this year and Pujara is expected to play a key role for Virat Kohli‘s men. The Saurashtra player had emerged as the Man of the Series in India’s last tour Down Under back in 2018-19 season, having scored a mammoth 521 runs.

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