India A in West Indies 2012 May 29, 2012

Did homework for Caribbean tour during IPL - Pujara

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • aditya 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 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.

  • Arul on May 30, 2012, 14:53 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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 !

  • yogi on May 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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 !!!

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 5:37 GMT

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

  • Shayesh 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.

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

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

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