I haven’t reached my peak yet, says Cheteshwar Pujara
CHENNAI: Cheteshwar Pujara has been there, done that. Be it scoring plenty of runs Down Under to playing a crucial role to help Saurashtra finish Ranji Trophy runners-up, the 31-year-old has been in tremendous form. On a day when he made his TNCA first division league debut here, Pujara spoke about being in rich vein of form, his thoughts on the TNCA league and more.
Quick thoughts on your dream run in Australia and today’s game?
I have been batting well this season. 2018 and 19 has been fantastic especially the Australia series which was very important. Personally I gained a lot of confidence. After that, I have realised my game even better and it was just a matter of time. I have been scoring runs but there was a phase when I didn’t score a lot of runs in Test cricket. But the last two years has been good so far and I will like to continue from where I left. I was playing some matches for Saurashtra in Syed Mushtaq Ali and scored runs there. Things are changing. I am scoring in shorter-format also (smiles).
What brings you here?
Basically for some match practice and be in touch with the game. Ashwin said it was an important match for us so I thought I will come.
Do you feel you are at the peak of your career?
My peak is yet to come. I am batting well and enjoying my game. But there have been instances where I have played some exceptional innings in domestic cricket and I want to do that in international cricket as well. Australia was one example but going forward I will like to continue to do that wherever we play Test cricket.
Your thoughts on the local league?
I have been hearing great things about Chennai league from players from Saurashtra and few others. Before an international match or first class season, sometimes you need match practice so this is the right platform for some games. This gives a chance to be in touch with the game.