India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 2nd day

England look fragile - Pujara

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November 16, 2012

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Cheteshwar Pujara batted for 513 minutes for his unbeaten 206, which took England's ordeal in the field to 640 minutes, following which he saw England lose three wickets in a little over an hour. That has given him enough confidence to believe the match might not need to go into the fifth day.

"It's going to be a challenging task for them," Pujara said when asked if he thought England could come back from here. "The way they were batting it looked like they were a fragile batting line-up for sure."

The three England wickets have made everyone look at the pitch in a different light. "I think there's quite a lot of rough on the wicket and it's turning quite big," Pujara said. "The kind of momentum we got in these 18 overs I think we can bowl them out tomorrow. Obviously we'd like to finish the game before five days."

After the first day Virender Sehwag had said the pitch was easy to bat on if you didn't play your shots. Pujara had a different take. "There is nothing wrong with the wicket," he said. "We've got three wickets, the ball is turning. We have utilised the conditions better than them."

Even before the series began, Pujara had said he was comfortable against the England bowling. His quiet confidence only restated that belief. "I'd like to mention that it was good that I got out on 87 in the practice game," Pujara said. "If I had ended up scoring a hundred, I wouldn't have had the same motivation to score a hundred and then turn it into a double-hundred in this game.

"I was comfortable facing all the bowlers. Initially my concern was Graeme Swann because I hadn't faced him before. But after I faced a couple of overs against him, I felt that I could manage."

The result was his maiden double-century in Tests, but also Pujara's ninth 150-plus score of the 16 times he has reached 100 in first-class cricket. Nine of those 150-plus scores have come in his last 10 first-class centuries. He sounded proud of that habit.

"I've done the same thing in domestic cricket," he said. "I never like to get out. There's always a price on my wicket. Even after scoring a double-hundred I never wanted to give away my wicket. That's the reason why I'm able to score big runs."

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Posted by g.narsimha on (November 17, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

HAMMOND -Same goes to u r batsmen also , our greats performed in ENG, AUS in erlier topurs they still enjoy better ave, in u r place than u r greats in IND SACHIN, DRAVID , AVE 50+ & OTHERS 40Ss, on this very pitch we scored 500+ this pitch is same to both the teams it is not that poms are offered a defent pitch ,we were subjected to all sorts of abuses during our horible topurs to ENG, AUS , our greats who won matches in AUS, ENG in erlier tours were brande as wothless , no body talked on the state of the pitch than, why now u r out here to demean our grand show by blaming pitch accept u r players are as bad as we were in u r place during our last tour.

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

i cant understand the logic behind criticising hiom, just go through what SWAAN HAVE BEEN SAYING & what ANDERSON said on SACHIN ,WASIMH& others he is entitaled to say on TEAM BEHALF i know u r problem u dont have hal;f the talented player in u team thats why this frutration .

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@Pras_Punter, wonder why the English imploded on these flat, bowler unfriendly, easy to bat on tracks. Shame! Sire, breaking news for you - spinners are bowlers too! Pace unfriendly track doesn't necessarily mean bowler unfriendly track. Sour grapes Sire!

Posted by analyseabhishek on (November 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@shashika Guruge- This is no trash talking. At the most its playing on your opponents minds and you can afford to do that if you've scored an unbeaten double century and then saw 3 wickets falling down for barely 40 odd runs!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

What do you expect him to say? That England is playing beautifully. After all, he is a test match player and if you and I can say that England is playing poorly, I only wonder why do people think Pujar didn't earn the right to give an opinion based on what he observed from close quarters. You don't want him to look like a fool by praising the English batsmen. Do you? And the English did implode. Didn't they?

Posted by S.Jagernath on (November 17, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@gzawilliam.Why are the Indians 'flat track bullies'?Why were Jacques Kallis,Hashim Amla,Michael Clarke,Ed Cowan & Mike Hussey not called 'flat track bullies' at Brisbane?A spinning dry & crumbling surface isn't flat!This surface was better to bat on on the first day but it isn't flat.'Flat track bullies' are found in Sri Lanka.The SSC is in Sri Lanka & not India.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

@Pras_Punter : U mean to say the poms scored 151/8 in bowler unfriendly conditions? Kudos to the batting strength of the pommies, mate. Do you spin bowling is some trick played by aliens in Mars?

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 17, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

How many runs has this guy scored in bowler-friendly conditions ? Appears to be another flat-track bully. Well, flat tracks , mediocre batsmen scoring lots of runs, rank-turners tailor-made to suit the "great" bowlers - india has truely arrived !!

Posted by Kapil_Choudhary on (November 17, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

@Chandra S Yanglalasetty - completely 100% agree with you. I think it just has to do with the superiority complex of the English which is further reinforced by the inferiority complex of older Indians. The new young Indian generation is just baffled by these double standards and when we voice our concerns, the older generation just keeps calling us brash rather than actually listening to our point of view...

Posted by maddy20 on (November 17, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

@gzawilliam From your post its very clear you are clueless about what you have posted. I would very much like you to describe the term "flat-track" for me. Last I checked flat-track is one which does not have anything in it for bowlers. You see both the teams scoring in excess of 500 and the game ending in a tame draw. This is what you call a turning track. Picking one spinner on this wicket is bluntly put, a very stupid decision. England are 101-7 as I am typing this and will be bowled out under 200. It would be a miracle if they manage to strech this game till lunch tomorrow. As for fast bowlers not having anything in it, it took Yadav just two overs to pick a wicket and Zaheer bowled very well. England were just out classed, just as we thumped the Aussies last two times they came here. If winning in home fast-tracks is good, then so is winning on turning tracks. Both are very different kind of challenges, but the ARE challenges nonetheless! 4-0 paybacks to Eng, Aus coming up!

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 17, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

@Shashika guruge - Would you rather have the guy talk entirely in cliches like Mahela and Sanga do? Listening to those guys is like listenting to broken record players. Repeating the same words for the last 10 years despite having mediocre records out of SSC.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Ha..Ha.. 110 for 7 at lunch - isn't this fragile - what do you say now?

Posted by CricHackerz on (November 17, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Just a while back, Swann called Indian spinners average and claimed that they pose no threat to English batsmen. So people should not read too much in what Pujara said, its all about psychological gameplay.

Posted by taurusks on (November 17, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Who cares what he says to englishmen as long as he performs for india. As long as he performs, he has the right to say whatever he wants.

If he gets abusive , we will consider him an idiot , which is not good for him.

I dont see anything wrong with what he said in this interview. He only gets this chance after he scores like in this test. Lets hope he does this very often.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

5 tests and now thrash talking England.These players have no idea that Cricket is the gentleman's game.This is not Baseball.This is not good for the future of cricket!

Posted by gzawilliam on (November 17, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

5 things i noticed from this article and the game so far.

1. England missed an express fast bowler in finn. Anderson bowled well but the pitch gave him and the other seamers nothing at all. No wonder india struggle in seaming conditions. 2. Indian batsmen are flat track bullies. The best at it. But sad to see for their touring future. 3. England were in massive error not picking the extra spinner in panesar. Bresnan and broad were just not useful at all on such a pitch. Escpecially broad who requires bounce in a pitch to be affective. 4. England look clueless against top quality spin bowling. If pieterson doesnt score heavy they will be beaten by an innings within 4days. 5. Graeme swan is indeed one of the best spin bowlers of the modern era. Fantastic lone attack from him. Must be a tired man. England will have no hope in hell to get even a draw in this series if he gets injured from overbowling. Therefore the need for the extra main spinner in panesar.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

I am so looking forward to see more of this bloke. I was very impressed by his 70 something in South Africa early last year . He has gained reputation of run machine scoring mountains of runs in domestic circuit. I remember even Dravid saying that Pujara deserves to be in the squad simply on basis of stupendous performance in domestic cricket. He though will always face the distasteful treatment given to Dravid and VVS by Indian selectors and public who will like to see him out of squad just because his lack of flamboyance.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (November 17, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

I didn't hear any arrogance in what Pujara said. This statements were thoughtful. Some of his statements on getting England out quickly would have been the team strategy to put pressure. Even that was well stated. Hope he adapts well overseas. I would not compare him to VVS or Dravid. Let him be himself.

Posted by ramanach on (November 16, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

the words of a slightly over confident man.as rightly told by riverbaby pujara should also like dravid to get good name .people start comparing him with dravid.so he should try to be as humble as dravid.as nice as dravid,as respectfull as dravid.dravid will be remembered in indian cricket history as great wall and a great human being.also rahul is gentle to the core.ofcourse let us hope pujara realise all this after some more time in test cricket

Posted by Agila on (November 16, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

The ball keeping low to the relatively taller English players is same as ball above the navel,for the medium tall /Shorter sub-continental batsmen. Its just that a given player performs well the more he adapts and applies himself to the conditions.Time that the Flat track and the Inabililty to face the bounce and pace be put to rest. 2011 is long gone. As far as Indian cricket is concerned, 2011 is an aberration. They lost badly, who didnt? guys just have to shut up and play properly ,no matter who.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 16, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

PUJARA should not go shouting his mouth off. I wonder if he was told to say this as part of strategy. Lets respect the English batsman as KP is the key. Pujara has played his role and if they look fragile the bowlers should have mouthed this. The third day is the key for India who are ahead.

Posted by cool2cool on (November 16, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

@samincolumbia: I think they have 4, KP, Trott, Compton and Prior...

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

OMG one double 100 and off he goes. Pujara should keep his mouth shut and try to continue to score runs..any one remember vinod kambli?

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 16, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

HAHAHA...England look fragile even with 2 saffas in their team. England got thrashed in their own backyard....Of course, they are fragile once you take out the cloud cover and familiar conditions of home.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Somethings never change in life, Indians go to England in early part of their season and get hammered under seaming and swinging conditions. England comes to India and gets duly hammered under spinning conditions. I do not understand when media goes ga ga when a England batsmen scores against Indian seamers in England. But when an Indian batsmen makes merry against England spinners & seamers...in India, they look down on that and tend to call him flat track bully...why these double standards ? Who has determined that a green top bully is greater and a flat track bully is cheaper? If it is so easy to score on flat tracks in subcontinent, why does English and some OZ batsmen struggle in these ? Warner scores a blistering century in Australia, and no media person candidly observes that he should calm down and prove his mettle in sub-continent dust bowls.... One Pujara scores a double against English team. pundits will scream that sterner tests are ahead in Australia..DOUBLE STANDARDS !

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 16, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

No. 1 after Ashes & India victories, they were lauded. The Golden Age of English Cricket was declared: Fortress England impregnable thanks to & Anderson, Broad & Swann, now "arguably the Best Attack in the World." (Anything is arguable: "arguably" substitutes opinion for veracity.)

A Pakistan whitewash was brushed over as batting weakness against spin - the attack held blameless. Led by the self-publicizing Swann, they grew arrogant & complacent. But with the media spotlight on KP, & not them, resentment set in. War was declared, a KP phobic ECB their ally. Complacent, unfit, & lacking fire, they took only 2 Saffer wickets at the Oval & were exposed! However, amid media frenzy, KP was blamed for a series defeat & World T20 surrender.

Exposed now by India, the unarguable truth is clear, & the media have turned on the toothless trundlers. Tomorrow, will KP, villain of The Year of England's Abject Collapse, extract his revenge with the bat? The irony will unquestionably inspire him.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 16, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Wow, I thought Pujara was this shy boke who does his job quietly and tries to be PC all the time. Apparently not! That's a good thing. He's captaincy material when he can talk and talk and walk it too!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

All the English writing Pujara off is doing so because a Nobody scored a double against them. Of course if they follow Indian domestic cricket, they'd know Pujara is not a nobody, he has big scores to his name.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (November 16, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Pujara needs to learn to talk like Dravid as well. His statements while frank seem disrespectful of the opposition particularly from some one so new to test cricket. Engalnd line up is a lot more accomplished than him at this point and should be respected.That said this young man proves that gods continue to bless us with batting talent ..

Posted by InnocentGuy on (November 16, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

Ha ha. Subtle smack talk from an amateur. Love it!!

Posted by Buggsy on (November 16, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Haha, I love it when unproven rookies shoot off their mouth. Sure Pujara batted well, but he might have a bit more credibility when he's done the same thing on a swinging and seaming pitch.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (November 16, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

What wrong in saying "England look fragile?" Its a well known fact and why are englishmen delusional. This is the exact attitude we need in the Indian youngsters. Well played Pujara and wish many people would speak up and give back POMS and OZ what they have been doing over the years. POMS :this is just the beginning and wait till you see a century from Gambir, Kohli and Yuvraj! Hell will break lose.

Posted by deepshah4321 on (November 16, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Amazing talent. Pujara is the kind of guy who has always shown confindence since his arrival to popularity. I read in an interview that his mother died from Cancer and that was his worst moment in life. I guess after suffering that loss, there wouldn't be anything that he would be feared of. The way he approaches his game is amazing. A very confident man. To all those who criticize him and calling him a big mouth, you guys must be anti nationals. If India managed to snap 3 wickets in 18 overs then why did England struggle so much. It is about the players. Even players like Kohli and Tendulkar failed on this pitch so there is nothing wrong in admitting that Pujara, Sehwag and Yuvraj have done extremely well. Not to forget Ashwin. He has done great. And I am also glad that Swann was able to snap so many wickets on his own. Congrats.

Good luck Pujara and I wish you all the best for future. Keep the hunger for runs alive.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

everyone knows that england wont survive in this match , thats man (not a kid lol) doesnt need tell all these stuff?

u got ur double ton stay calm and focus on other things , dont start commenting at opposition. wht if u got for a duck in next match or next inning? and someone else from opposition team players says u r flat track bully ?

hope this thing gets published

Posted by TRIN999 on (November 16, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

I agree to lot of guys who r saying Pujara as bit arrogant ,it is too early to make a call ,but those who are complaining about the FLAT TRACKS..stop this nonsense and urge your players to play, at least good against a poor Indian bowling attack. If your team is that good why u have such an astonishing records in subcontinents remove Bangladesh,which is still improving in test cricket ..... and i dont understand whom you say as "FLAT TRACK" bullies.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

He needs to calm down a bit as its still plenty of England batting is left on same flat track so better watch out pujara!!

Posted by aditya.pidaparthy on (November 16, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

I have to point this out to those who are calling him a flat-track bully (or one in the making). A turning track is not a flat track. A turning track is one which helps the spinners more than the fast bowlers. Think Kanpur 2008 against South Africa. A flat pitch is one where none of the bowlers get any purchase and batsmen can expect true bounce. True bounce does not mean high bounce, true bounce would be consistent predictable bounce.

Sehwag's century in thsi match was somewhat similar to his double century against SL in 2008 at Galle. Its almost as if he was on a different pitch if you only look at his strike rate. You can stay on this wicket without problems, but run making is a different issue given the somewhat the unpredictable bounce and the cracks which have begun to appear.

One has to play very very late on a turning track, something pujara did very well.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 16, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

hahaha thats the spirit pujara boy, let them poms feel some heat

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Lol@ people going crazy over his comments... He is probably right England won't last 4 days.... For a flat track English batting sucks I must say...

Posted by Jatin. on (November 16, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

@Charles F H Whitworth: I agree with you mate, but you have to see the other side of the coin. Pujara is a shy, introvert & down to earth kind of person & he would never use the word "fragile" for opposition. It is only mind games which teams are playing with each other & even England camp are aware of this. I am sure there would be a banter from Cook or Pietersen tomorrow if any of them score a big hundred that Indian bowling lacked depth & penetration.

Posted by Agila on (November 16, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Well played Pujara..wish you more sucess in future! @Match_Referee, Three wickets down on at FLAT TRACK in 18 overs huh? @JustIPL Swann , 5 for (how many)? @Snowflake, you dont get lbw for balls bowled outside the legstump dude! Not one hawk eye suggested it! Wrong team selection on the part of English. They got to blame themselves.

Posted by Jatin. on (November 16, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

To all the Pujara bashers here, please understand the modern game. Pujara is not saying anything here. Its a script which he read there in the post-match press conference. Indian camp is playing mind games with Englishmen & trying to put pressure off the field as well. This is what English Press & Australian media is doing for ages but when Indians are doing that, we start bashing them. I have been watching & following Cheteshwar Pujara for a very long time, he is too introvert & shy to even remotely think about this, he is not a soul to provoke someone, he is too good a guy. There was a column yesterday where David Warner was talking about SA getting distracted too easily & are not focused on their game, he was playing mind games there & nobody noticed...there is a news coming today that Aussie selectors have almost made their mind to drop Warner from the next match, possible reason is that Warner is not focused & getting distracted too easily. Easier said than done, isn't it David

Posted by Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on (November 16, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Would people have been happier if he said ''England played wonderfully in that session.Their batsmen were really aggressive and didn't allow our spinners to settle in and dictate terms.They were positive from the start,used their feet to get to the pitch of the ball and forced our spinners to bowl a little more defensively''... What he did was just state the obvious.I mean who honestly believes England's batting against spin was anything but fragile in that session?? (Again key phrase being IN THAT SESSION)He was fielding close in and he felt they were not as comfortable against spin as the are against seam(no surprises there!!). I do feel that the ''finishing the game in less then five days'' was uncalled for because it can come across as being a bit disrespectful but then again its entirely possible.Also, if the English batsmen put their heads down and are willing to graft and grind they may still be able to at least draw this test.You never know..Stranger thing have happened.

Posted by wasimahm on (November 16, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Mate two hundreds at home isn't a big deal

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Good aggressive talk from a young Indian player, Indians have loved and hated Aussie attitude but it seems they have acquired their attitude, it will be lovely to see these teams fight against each other in near future when India's bowling line-up will be at least as effective as theirs.

Posted by Shrescs on (November 16, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Cheteshwar!! You are the Man, buddy!

Posted by Jatin. on (November 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

@Match_Referee: Can you please tell me how many English batsmen have scored double centuries on "Dead & Flat" sub-continent pitches....I doubt if you can answer that. You cannot appreciate what Pujara has achieved but trying to find ways to underestimate his performance & achievements. You need skills & lots of determination to bat on these "dead & flat" pitches too. Kallis, Dravid & Tendulkar are worshiped world over because they have scored on all kind of surfaces in alien conditions and against the best bowling attacks. Unfortunately English batsmen have never delivered anything substantially in the sub-continent in the last 25-30 years. Let me correct your records also. Kambli scored only one double ton against England in his career, he scored second though, but it was against Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

everybody here is talking about how He got a double hundred on dead flat track .. and how swan took 5 indian wickets ... come on !!! when pujara and ashwin/zaheer were batting .. swan, patel and KP were struggling to turn the ball and the commentators declared there is no turn in pitch but some how .. just after one over .. ashwin and ojha took the new ball and started turning it on right angles !!! how do you explain that ?? If pujara is lucky to get the century then either england bowlers are no where as good as indian or the batsmen just suck so much that they cant score runs on a flat track ... England is just a grass top bully ... you give grass top pitches to visiting countries who cant play it and when we give you pitches that suit us u start crying if you really want to be world champions learn to play in subcontinent like aussies and mr. Match_Referee .. vinod kambli was a great batsman .. probably not a great man .. he went out purely because of non cricketing reasons ...

Posted by Bodders70 on (November 16, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

I really don't like this trend of modern players everywhere to bad mouth the opposition (or even their own players). Yes, clearly India are favourites and probably will win within five days and England are in unfamiliar conditions. They're a good side and we'll have to work hard for every wicket but we're confident would've been fine. Especially as every so often one player turns a game on its head as Michael Clarke did recently so a player should never celebrate too early.

Posted by moBlue on (November 16, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

to y'all who say "what is so difficult about scoring a double on this 'flat' track?", let me ask you: how come ENG (or Oz, for that matter) batters can't score a double on the same "flat" track?!? besides, why are you calling these pitches "horrendous"? if one side can put up 500-plus comfortably on it - despite the other side having a world-class spinner - it is obviously a decent batting wicket... assuming your team actually knows how to bat better than my indian grandma!!! if they don't, well, look in the mirror instead of complaining about the pitches!!! you have andy flower as your coach, don't you? [if you are an ENG fan, that is...] dude was a fantastic player of spin bowling! maybe he can coach y'all to play some spin! besides, we IND fans *never* - not once! - complain about the pitch at perth or jo'berg being too fast!!! we grill our batters to get better at playing fast and seam bowling!!! what is wrong with y'all that you blame the pitch instead of demanding better of them?

Posted by Nampally on (November 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Lot of fans are mistaking Pujara's comments as big headed. All he said was "The way they were batting, it looked like a fragile battng line up for sure". He also said "it is going to be a challenging task for them". I think he spoke "like it is". Admittedly the way 2 batsmen,Trott & Compton, got out they did not know what they were doing. So Pujara's comments are quite factual. Remember that India has 3 spinners in Ashwin, Ojha & Yuvraj (+Sehwag is a useful off spinner too) as opposed to a solo spinner in Swann for England. Yadev & ZAK will be 2 bowlers who will give temporary relief for the spinners. The wkt. is fast deteriorating & will take lot more spin than England has ever seen or what Swann got out of it. There are 3 full days of play left. India need 17 wkts. to Win!. Pujara's words should rally the Indian team to finish the job,especially after the outburst from the England players such as: "No mystery in the Indian spinners & No Respect for Tendulkar".

Posted by moBlue on (November 16, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

he is not lacking grace! you folks who seem to think so need to make an effort to understand international sportsmen and the quality of competition therein! for these players (in any sport) to succeed at that level, they need to have a heck of a lot of self-confidence!!! ...which is easily mistaken for pride, or haughtiness! the dude doesn't strike me as haughty at all! don't judge him so hastily... seems like a mellow, down-to-earth kid... did you guys watch him celebrate after his century and then the double? *that* was telling! like i said, dude isn't haughty at all... you guys need to better calibrate your useless judgement radars!!!

Posted by harishk19812007 on (November 16, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

@ truthfinder........flat pitch bully? on the same wicket 3 english wickets in just 20 overs.......why there is always a blame about indian pitches???? when no visiting team has been able to dominate the host team ever......these comments are laughable when people say indian batsmen are fast track bullies...when the oposition fails over & over again.....Pujara is a great talent from a long time now...only beacuse of the fab four he couldnot get a place in indian test side..... am very sure he will make it big at this level......& he has hit the nail on the head with the prediction as far as this match goes except for KP who is a far better player than anyone in the england side.....but england will loose comfortably....

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 16, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Please pujara talk less...respect your opponents..even greats like sachin,dravid,laxman never talked like this before..anyway awesome batting..congratulations.

Posted by Hobbart on (November 16, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

@Abdul Rauf : I would doubt his selection as a permanent Test member only if you were one of the selectors !

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 16, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

People r saying pajara scored runs on flat track now I will see how many runs ENG players score on the same pitch

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 16, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

People r saying pajara scored runs on flat track now I will see how many runs ENG players score on the same pitch

Posted by Hobbart on (November 16, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

@Hammond : "clueless funk everywhere else"...just like Compton and Trott have been in India here today?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

@Match_Refree Flat track bully eh...lets wait till tomorrow to see what the Englishmen are made off...then we will decide if Pujara's a flat track bully!!!I doubt if they can survive this one...if they do good..but Im not putting my money on them here!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

talking too big for his shoes.He has yet to settle as a regular test player.

Posted by maksumbal on (November 16, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Sound too proud son! You're young and talented, thats what was needed to get here, now get that attitude right and try to be more graceful, so that u can become better

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 16, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

A good Pujara performance masks India's problems. Gambhir, Tendulkar and Dhoni are all bad news and will continue to be. Yuvraj got a few favorable lbw calls. Shewag was great but unreliable. India watch out. Spin may save India, but it has a lot of problems in its batting--even at home. Let not Pujara's good batting fool fans into believing India's resurgence. A lot depends on KP & Cook as far as England are concerned.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Bold words with KP and Cook at the crease. India have only taken the wickets of a debtant and a shaky looking Trott - and a nightwatchman. Plenty of batting to come - great display by Pujara but he needs to calm down a bit.

Posted by Malret on (November 16, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Ha, ha. For a person who is so cool, he certainly is a little arrogant. 'Hopefully we can win before five days'. - Guess he can talk now as he has a double hundred.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Just your second century, friend. That too at home. Too early to comment on the strengths or weakness of other international level teams, so just focus on what you need to do. I have a feeling that Pietersen and Cook are going to spring a surprise tomorrow.

However, congrats on a super double ton.

Posted by JustIPL on (November 16, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

It is little bit too much for mouth by Pujara while he just played home conditions. He batted enormously slowly with strike rate of 50 while only Swann was infront of him. Also Swann took 5 means India are also not so good against quality spin.

Posted by truthfinder on (November 16, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Any batsman from sub continent would feel comfortable and confident on a pitch like this which renders opposition's fast bowling to mockery. Another flat pitch bully in making. It was a shame of a pitch where the first ball of the match does not rise above the knee, there is no carry to slip in the first session and from second session it has become spinner's wicket. What is the big deal scoring double in this sort of wicket? He should be more realistic and humble while judging his won performance.

Posted by sharidas on (November 16, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Good going Cheteshwar. Wish you more and more runs in the future!

Posted by Match_Referee on (November 16, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Pujara is speaking as if he is a pundit and greatest batsman in cricket. Afterall he got double century on a DEAD FLAT TRACK. Dont speak with such an over confidence now.. Mr Pujara. You have to prove yourself on all conditions. Vinod Kambli scored two double centuries against a similar England team in1993 tour. Where is he now... No body values your centuries on FLAT TRACKs Mr. Pujara

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 16, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Just when we thought we found our next Dravid/LAX..u had to open your mouth. U have seen only 18 overs of ENG batting and you r already judging them. To call them fragile is a bit premature on your part. Be glad that u missed the tour of ANG and AUS last year as you wold have been one on the receiving end. It was gr8 to see u not over celebrate your century or double century but then I guess no one is perfect. Until u can score in all the cricketing venues my sincere advise let your bat do most of the talking.

Posted by sweetspot on (November 16, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Fantastic innings young man! Wishes for many more!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Yes, the same way we looked fragile when we toured australia. i love the way you bat, but comparisons with dravid will be will reserved until you tour eng, sa and aus.

Posted by pritpalpabla on (November 16, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Good to see that in modern era, India do have players like him who don't like to get out easily. This is the msg to all youngsters who thinks playing IPL or T20 is good enough for them but test cricket proves you as a batsman. That's why it's called test cricket (reminds me of "fire in babylon"), it is not only the test of your batting, it's test of your mindset, patience, determination and skills....

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Some ferocious behavior- What's wrong with England players? Some of the appeals were simply ridiculous. Ball pitches foot outside off and hit the bat and that even outside the off too and Broad goes all nut about it and even questions Umpires for not agreeing with him. Jimmy and Swan along with Prior and other right behind him. They just kept appealing on every little thing.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (November 16, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Respect the opposition - Dravid never used to talk such things about the opposition. Win the match ,get the 20 wickets and then say your comments. Face Finn, Bresnan and Broad in England - score a double ton there and then make a statement on how easy it is!. Too bad Pujara -You still have a long way to go before you make such statements.

Posted by Shan156 on (November 16, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

OMG, one double century in familiar conditions and the guy thinks is another incarnation of God. There are several challenges still left and many more miles to go before you can be considered a God even in your country kiddo. If you are so great, go and score in all conditions before mouthing off about another team's batting and bowling. That is exactly what Dravid and Laxman did and they didn't speak so much at least not at the beginning of their careers. Got to admit though that England were abysmal with ball (sans Swann) and bat so far.

Posted by Match_Referee on (November 16, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

KP.. This is real TEST for you to show your class... If you want to claim as one of the modern day great batsmen you should save the test...

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (November 16, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Good on you, Pujara! It was unfortune for him to miss out last year due to injury. But he has made a good comeback. One of the things India missed during their England and Australia tours was Cheteshwar Pujara. He could have played in place of Raina. Who knows India may have saved (drawn) a Test or two had he been there. He hasn't been tested much in overseas conditions, but at least this guy has a good techique and patience to survive in Test cricket.

Posted by Romenevans on (November 16, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

The new WALL in the making. Enough said.

Posted by iHitWicket on (November 16, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Awesome attitude. He is new to international cricket but he has seen enough up's and down's in domestic cricket to keep a stable head and positive outlook when things begin to wrong - which they will at some point in future. It's also a blessing that he is not seen as a "aggressive", "attacking" batter - so the masses aren't drooling over him yet and no fear of things getting to his head.

Posted by Nampally on (November 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Many writers here are comparing Pujara to either Dravid or Laxman. He is neither because Pujarais himself & has his own stamp. Neither Dravid not Laxman scored a double century in their first 5 test matches. Pujara is patient like Dravid & wristy like Laxman but his calmness & patience is more like Vijay Hazare, the Indian batting of 1950's & early 60's. Pujara will be Mr. consistent & Mr. Patient. This coupled with his unassuming humility will make him one of the best Indian batsmen. He is also an excellent leader as he showed in the matches he led India A & India U-19. He richly deserves to replace MS Dhoni as the Test Captain. In this match, what Sehwag started was completed by Pujara. While Sehwag scored at a S/R of 100 Pujara nearly doubled Sehwag's century at half his S/R. India needs a batting sheet anchor & Pujara is the answer.On the same pitch where Pujara calmly carved the England bowling, England crumbled to 41 for 3 in an hour! Can Cook & KP save England from being Cooked?

Posted by FlashAsh on (November 16, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

H'mmmm and if Anderson had not misjudged the catch England would have been batting all today!! So Pujara should accept his bounty and be quite about having no trouble with bowlers!

ENG's fielding has let them down again and one of the batsmen was Anderson? So lets put some of it into context.

Still well done IND, good toss to win and also taking chances offered by ENG fielding. ENG have put pressure on themselves! Lets hope (Being ENG!) that KP & Cook can both make "Daddies" tomorrow!!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 16, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Congrats to Pujara - he has fast become the mainstay of Indian batting. He has started where Dravid left off (not comparing him to Dravid just yet though). When it comes to Test Cricket, Pujara is way ahead of the young brigade.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Congrats - To fill the King size shoes of legendary Wall - Rahul Dravid - is certainly a daunting task. To have come from a B town like Rajkot and prove your character and credentials by consistent performances in domestic cricket, you have done admirably well. Wish you success and honor in the series. Please show the same grit and application in the overseas tests also. To be slotted in the position of the gritty gentle Dravid itself is an honor. Wish you a long successful career ahead.

Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (November 16, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Sound too confident...neverthless delightful to watch...Dig at these english batsmen & lets roll on in 4 days only, if not for 3 days

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

One thing where pujara looks quite different from his predecessor Rahul Dravid - he has got a big mouth while RD is very sensible with his mouth. If England's batting line-up looked fragile today, India's looked every bit more fragile in England last summer. Also, his notion of hunger for runs is moronic. While he said he is hungry for big hundreds, he also said it was good that he got out for 87 in practice game or he wouldn't have motivation to score a hundred now.

Posted by dalok on (November 16, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

You go Pujara!! Now if only you can score well outside subcontinent and then I will proclaim you to be a major find.

Posted by electric_waco_WAP4 on (November 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Dude ...Don't just run your mouth because you scored a double...Be humble. Problem with these guys is they are kings on home soil.

Posted by ssenthil on (November 16, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

I think India can bowl them out below 250 and ask them to bat again and they will be in a similar score again by tomorrow evening even in the 2nd Innings.

Posted by Hammond on (November 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Wait til the ball bounces above your navel. You will have no idea. Enjoy the success at home, you will be a clueless funk everywhere else.

Posted by USIndianFan on (November 16, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Pretty clearly a fading English side. With their track record, probably a decade before they become a factor again. They obviously can't play spin, and are limited to success in English conditions against aging or weak sides. Oh well. The last Indian tour was probably an aberration.

Posted by cricroop on (November 16, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Thats the spirit..go india go..Get them out twice in 2days..Innings victory should be satisfying, to start the series. But again there is a tendency with indian victory margins to decline and england losses to get better..I can already picturise cook saying "we got better by towards the end part of the series".

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 16, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Nice talk Pujara!! that must irritate Flower and Cook. Beware of KP though!!

Posted by Narbavi on (November 16, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

What does he mean by 'If I had ended up scoring a hundred, I wouldn't have had the same motivation to score a hundred and then turn it into a double-hundred in this game'?? does that mean he won't have the motivation to score big ones from the second test, oh pujara, you got lot to learn boy!!

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