Adelaide : Cheteshwar Pujara had a fine run with the bat as he scored 73, and helped India fight back against Australia on Day 3 of the Adelaide test.
Cheteshwar-Pujara Cheteshwar Pujara scored 73 on Day 3 of the Adelaide test. Getty Images
Cheteshwar Pujara said India’s batsmen have ‘proven themselves’, on the third day of the first test match against Australia on Thursday.
After Australia declared their first innings at the overnight score of 517/7, India finished the day at 369/5 with Virat Kohli making his seventh Test hundred and Pujara scoring a fine 73.
“We discussed yesterday that we needed to fight back in the match. We talked about what they have scored on this pitch and the kind of wicket this is. We discussed that given the batting line up we have we can surely achieve this.Overall we have a very good, young batting line up and it was about proving ourselves. We did that and we are in good position to achieve our targets” – Cheteshwar Pujara
This was Pujara’s second half-century in the last 16 Test innings, with the last one coming in England where he had a miserable time on tour. Thereafter he did a stint with county side Derbyshire to improve his batting and it finally paid off.
“I have prepared hard for this tour. I believe in preparation and even though I just scored 73 runs, I am quite happy with how it worked out for me. Earlier, at times I have been getting good starts but have not been able to capitalise on them,” said Pujara.
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“You cannot possibly score double hundreds all the time. But the intention is to keep trying to score as many runs as possible. You also have to respect the opposition. When I do get out, I analyse what went wrong and what are the areas I can work on to become a better player,” added Pujara.
Pujara is well aware that conditions Down Under are quite different from rest of the world.
“The conditions here are quite different from the ones in Derbyshire. But playing there helped me obviously. When you play there in England, you have fast bowlers swinging the ball all the time because they get help from the wicket. You have to be technically correct all the time to survive there and so it does help,”concluded Pujara.