India A in West Indies 2012 May 29, 2012

Did homework for Caribbean tour during IPL - Pujara

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Cheteshwar Pujara, the captain of India A's squad that will play in the West Indies in June, has said that he used the time spent on the sidelines for Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL to do his homework for the tour.

Pujara had played only three matches for Royal Challengers this season and, he said, he had used the opportunity to seek the advice of the more illustrious names in the Bangalore camp on how best to cope with the pitches in the Caribbean. "I might not have played for RCB in the last month and a half, but I was working really hard at the nets," Pujara told PTI. "Since this is my first tour of the West Indies, I was keen on doing a bit of homework.

"I spoke to AB (de Villiers) about the wickets there and also on my batting. He gave me some good tips on subtle adjustments in batting. RCB coach Venkatesh Prasad also told me that apart from Kingston, the pitches at other venues would be on a slower side, which would suit our batsmen."

Pujara said that having experienced players in the squad will stand them in good stead against West Indies. "Most of us have played for the A team on overseas tours, so we have that requisite experience," he said. "I don't feel any pressure. Rather than pressure of performing, it is a big motivation to play for India A as any good performance at this level will be noticed."

Pujara, who is touted to be a leading Test prospect for India, has been trying to work his way back into national contention after prolonged layoff following a knee injury sustained during the 2011 IPL. He said that he has already proved he's match-fit before flying to the West Indies. "I won't say that it's like starting from zero. After coming back from injury, I had played four Ranji Trophy matches as well as in the Duleep Trophy. I have also played a few matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore."

India A will play three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty20s on the tour, which begins in Barbados on June 2.

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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  • ad2810 on May 31, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    well we ll have to see if pujara lives up to becoming dravids replacement. i think he really needs to prove his tuff both as a captain and as a player cause if he messes up i highly doubt he s going to get a second chance

  • sony_sr on May 30, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Not sure why everyone is going after rohit sharma. without a doubt he is the most talented young batsmen in india. if he can convert that talent into test runs, only time will tell. With the kind of talent he have, I think he should atleast get 5000 test runs. Anyone have an idea abt the technical side of mandeep singhs batting? Is he technically strong? I saw some ipl innings from him. but can't judge on that as those were heavily attacking hit or miss kind of innings.

  • A.Ak on May 30, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Pujara, Only one performance so far, but too much talking....

  • on May 30, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    I m suprised why people are not having a brave heart to admit the tallent of Rohit Sharma. When he plays top level people keep saying West Indies is poor team. When he performs in T20 people keep saying he is lacking consistancy. When he performs in IPL people keep saying he is a only IPL player......This is not good. Including Sachin, Warn etc all top players in the world pyaing Rohit about his game. We also should promot him. In last 15 ODI Rohit smashes 50 plus scores 7 times. People says about weak West Indies team. Against the same team every Indian batsmen has struggled in Caribbean and as well as in India. In last ODI against Pakistan in Asia Cup, who will forget the knock of Rohit. Alongwith Virat he built superb partnership. That partnership only took us to the winning position against a huge score. In IPL against KKR at Eden he scored a brillient century against some of the topmost bowlers of the worldcricket including Narine. On the slow track it was a master knock !

  • veerakannadiga on May 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Pujara & Rahane are much better than the over hyped Rohit Sharma.

  • on May 30, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I think Cheteshvar now should be in touch more with Rohit Sharma. Both are upcoming stars for India. And most importantly they are of similar age. I m concidering Rohit Sharma here, as Rohit has sufficeinet experience of Caribbean pitches than anybody here. And he knows the pitches verywell. In last T20 world cup Rohit smashes Aussies all over in his master knock of 75 notout. It was played in WI. Then in last Indian tour of WI, Rohit made over 350 runs in 5 ODIs and also won MOS. So it will be definately helpful to Pujara as well as India A team. And I am sure Pujara will do it and Rohit also support him. I am verymuch keen to see both the batsmen playing for team India in forthcoming test series against NZ. All the best to both !!!

  • on May 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Opening slot should be Dhawan,Mukund & Rahane followed by Pujara, Rohit,These batsmen have to show up what they can do outside the subcontinent pitches as time has come to revive Indian Test Batting Line Up. It is interesting to see how Parwinder Awana will excel in these conditions,it's a rare opportunity to bowl in bowler's paradise though the recent conditions doesn't live up to that..

  • on May 30, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Pujara, I hope your team does better on foreign tours than Team India.....Good luck.

  • skepticaloptimist on May 30, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Great! A keen mind with a decent work ethic is the key to success at this level. I emphasize keen mind because that's what helps one achieve disproportionate results. A mere work horse only achieves moderate success, keen minds, who grab whatever learning opportunities come their way, are the ones who steal the show. Disproportionate results are not shortcuts; they merely mean: you work twice as hard, but achieve five time more. Good luck to Pujara and India on the A tour. One gets a feeling, the performers in this particular tour could well be the players about whom one would be hearing in the future as India's stars.

  • SEHJOWAL on May 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    where is mandy?.....rising star of the tournament..

  • ad2810 on May 31, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    well we ll have to see if pujara lives up to becoming dravids replacement. i think he really needs to prove his tuff both as a captain and as a player cause if he messes up i highly doubt he s going to get a second chance

  • sony_sr on May 30, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Not sure why everyone is going after rohit sharma. without a doubt he is the most talented young batsmen in india. if he can convert that talent into test runs, only time will tell. With the kind of talent he have, I think he should atleast get 5000 test runs. Anyone have an idea abt the technical side of mandeep singhs batting? Is he technically strong? I saw some ipl innings from him. but can't judge on that as those were heavily attacking hit or miss kind of innings.

  • A.Ak on May 30, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Pujara, Only one performance so far, but too much talking....

  • on May 30, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    I m suprised why people are not having a brave heart to admit the tallent of Rohit Sharma. When he plays top level people keep saying West Indies is poor team. When he performs in T20 people keep saying he is lacking consistancy. When he performs in IPL people keep saying he is a only IPL player......This is not good. Including Sachin, Warn etc all top players in the world pyaing Rohit about his game. We also should promot him. In last 15 ODI Rohit smashes 50 plus scores 7 times. People says about weak West Indies team. Against the same team every Indian batsmen has struggled in Caribbean and as well as in India. In last ODI against Pakistan in Asia Cup, who will forget the knock of Rohit. Alongwith Virat he built superb partnership. That partnership only took us to the winning position against a huge score. In IPL against KKR at Eden he scored a brillient century against some of the topmost bowlers of the worldcricket including Narine. On the slow track it was a master knock !

  • veerakannadiga on May 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Pujara & Rahane are much better than the over hyped Rohit Sharma.

  • on May 30, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I think Cheteshvar now should be in touch more with Rohit Sharma. Both are upcoming stars for India. And most importantly they are of similar age. I m concidering Rohit Sharma here, as Rohit has sufficeinet experience of Caribbean pitches than anybody here. And he knows the pitches verywell. In last T20 world cup Rohit smashes Aussies all over in his master knock of 75 notout. It was played in WI. Then in last Indian tour of WI, Rohit made over 350 runs in 5 ODIs and also won MOS. So it will be definately helpful to Pujara as well as India A team. And I am sure Pujara will do it and Rohit also support him. I am verymuch keen to see both the batsmen playing for team India in forthcoming test series against NZ. All the best to both !!!

  • on May 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Opening slot should be Dhawan,Mukund & Rahane followed by Pujara, Rohit,These batsmen have to show up what they can do outside the subcontinent pitches as time has come to revive Indian Test Batting Line Up. It is interesting to see how Parwinder Awana will excel in these conditions,it's a rare opportunity to bowl in bowler's paradise though the recent conditions doesn't live up to that..

  • on May 30, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Pujara, I hope your team does better on foreign tours than Team India.....Good luck.

  • skepticaloptimist on May 30, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Great! A keen mind with a decent work ethic is the key to success at this level. I emphasize keen mind because that's what helps one achieve disproportionate results. A mere work horse only achieves moderate success, keen minds, who grab whatever learning opportunities come their way, are the ones who steal the show. Disproportionate results are not shortcuts; they merely mean: you work twice as hard, but achieve five time more. Good luck to Pujara and India on the A tour. One gets a feeling, the performers in this particular tour could well be the players about whom one would be hearing in the future as India's stars.

  • SEHJOWAL on May 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    where is mandy?.....rising star of the tournament..

  • satish619chandar on May 30, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Pujara has more promise than Rahane or Rohit for sure.. I would rather prefer him to the above two as my first choice replacement for Rahul.. Yes he is not in best of forms these days but wish he regains his form sooner.. What a pity that he was in best of form but had no vacancy in the 11.. When he came into team at last, was injured and lost his form a bit.. Form in temporary but class isn't.. Wish his class comes out soon and makes most out of it.. Waiting for the tour to commence,..

  • S.Jagernath on May 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @mohamedamin...Cheteshwar Pujara is too intelligent to take advice from a man who is technically flawed & struggles to bat consistently in the Carribean.A.B De Villiers is one of the guys that went to the Carribean a couple years back & gave the Windies an almight thrashing.Dale Steyn used the short ball on very flat surfaces to work Gayle out.

  • mohamedamin on May 29, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Interesting, he didnt said he seek any advice from Chris Gayle....thats a waste of what he did....how can you ask AB about caribbean pitches......Just for the records, Bridgetown is also a bouncy pitch....

  • Romenevans on May 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I might be wrong, but i don't see him Indian test team. I have only see his innings against Australia and one in SA, but to be honest he don;t look like making it big. I'm sure Ajinkya Rahane will steal his place sooner or later.

  • tanstell87 on May 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Pujara definitely deserves another shot at test level...he was not dropped infact he replaced out of sorts Raina & coped well on fast & bouncy Durban track against Steyn & Morkel....now that he has recovered from injury he should be straight-away drafted in the test team.....with Dravid retired & Sachin and Laxman in twilight of their careers, India have to start grooming youngsters for the future...the future test team will look something like this - Gambhir(c)/Sehwag/Rahane/Kohli/Pujara/Rohit/Dhoni/Aaron/Yadav/Ishant/Rahul Sharma.....with Yuvraj/Manoj Tiwary/Ojha & Sreesanth in the reserves...!

  • bluebillion on May 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Thank god the India A team was not selected based on performances in the IPL! Good to see selectors chosing promise and performances in FC cricket over the IPL otherwise people like Pujara, Bist, Mukund would never get a chance. WOuld have been a good idea to include Aaron and Umesh Yadav as well to give them more exposure. Sad to see Suryakumar Yadav miss out with a FC average of 67 and 1000 runs in 11 games since his debut in December 2010.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    good player but definitely cannot walk into indian test team. By the way cannot believe that mandeep singh is not in the squad. In a year he should open for india in tests

  • on May 29, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    The perfect tour for the players like Rohit Sharma, Cheteshvar Pujara & Rahane to prepare themselves for top level for team India. Rahane should focus himself for the opening slot. Pujara ana Rohit are the perfect middle order batsmen. Rohit was MOS in his last WI ODI tour of Team India. Now he will be tested in longer format. So all the best to all India A team for the important tour if WI. We all are watching you. Do your best !!!

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  • on May 29, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    The perfect tour for the players like Rohit Sharma, Cheteshvar Pujara & Rahane to prepare themselves for top level for team India. Rahane should focus himself for the opening slot. Pujara ana Rohit are the perfect middle order batsmen. Rohit was MOS in his last WI ODI tour of Team India. Now he will be tested in longer format. So all the best to all India A team for the important tour if WI. We all are watching you. Do your best !!!

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    good player but definitely cannot walk into indian test team. By the way cannot believe that mandeep singh is not in the squad. In a year he should open for india in tests

  • bluebillion on May 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Thank god the India A team was not selected based on performances in the IPL! Good to see selectors chosing promise and performances in FC cricket over the IPL otherwise people like Pujara, Bist, Mukund would never get a chance. WOuld have been a good idea to include Aaron and Umesh Yadav as well to give them more exposure. Sad to see Suryakumar Yadav miss out with a FC average of 67 and 1000 runs in 11 games since his debut in December 2010.

  • tanstell87 on May 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Pujara definitely deserves another shot at test level...he was not dropped infact he replaced out of sorts Raina & coped well on fast & bouncy Durban track against Steyn & Morkel....now that he has recovered from injury he should be straight-away drafted in the test team.....with Dravid retired & Sachin and Laxman in twilight of their careers, India have to start grooming youngsters for the future...the future test team will look something like this - Gambhir(c)/Sehwag/Rahane/Kohli/Pujara/Rohit/Dhoni/Aaron/Yadav/Ishant/Rahul Sharma.....with Yuvraj/Manoj Tiwary/Ojha & Sreesanth in the reserves...!

  • Romenevans on May 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I might be wrong, but i don't see him Indian test team. I have only see his innings against Australia and one in SA, but to be honest he don;t look like making it big. I'm sure Ajinkya Rahane will steal his place sooner or later.

  • mohamedamin on May 29, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Interesting, he didnt said he seek any advice from Chris Gayle....thats a waste of what he did....how can you ask AB about caribbean pitches......Just for the records, Bridgetown is also a bouncy pitch....

  • S.Jagernath on May 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @mohamedamin...Cheteshwar Pujara is too intelligent to take advice from a man who is technically flawed & struggles to bat consistently in the Carribean.A.B De Villiers is one of the guys that went to the Carribean a couple years back & gave the Windies an almight thrashing.Dale Steyn used the short ball on very flat surfaces to work Gayle out.

  • satish619chandar on May 30, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Pujara has more promise than Rahane or Rohit for sure.. I would rather prefer him to the above two as my first choice replacement for Rahul.. Yes he is not in best of forms these days but wish he regains his form sooner.. What a pity that he was in best of form but had no vacancy in the 11.. When he came into team at last, was injured and lost his form a bit.. Form in temporary but class isn't.. Wish his class comes out soon and makes most out of it.. Waiting for the tour to commence,..

  • SEHJOWAL on May 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    where is mandy?.....rising star of the tournament..

  • skepticaloptimist on May 30, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Great! A keen mind with a decent work ethic is the key to success at this level. I emphasize keen mind because that's what helps one achieve disproportionate results. A mere work horse only achieves moderate success, keen minds, who grab whatever learning opportunities come their way, are the ones who steal the show. Disproportionate results are not shortcuts; they merely mean: you work twice as hard, but achieve five time more. Good luck to Pujara and India on the A tour. One gets a feeling, the performers in this particular tour could well be the players about whom one would be hearing in the future as India's stars.