Cheteshwar Pujara who played a revival knock for Indian in the first Test against England in Chennai speaks up about his dismissal. Pujara said he was a bit disappointed with throwing away his wicket and added that there was nothing which he can do as a batsman.
India loses his first four wickets early in the day including the skipper Kohli and vice-captain Rahane. Pujara and Rishabh Pant build a strong partnership for the 5th wicket and help the team to stay alive in the match. They both put up a partnership of 119-runs when Pujara trapped by Dom Bess and get caught at short-leg by Rory Burns. He played an important and required inning of 73 runs off 143 balls.
“That is something which I can’t do as a batsman. It was unlucky, I would just say that because that’s the only way I thought I could have got out. I was batting really well, I was playing my shots. The way I was seeing the ball, everything was going perfect but that was the most unfortunate way one can imagine. A bit disappointed but there’s nothing which I can do as a batsman,” Pujara said in a virtual press conference after the end of day’s play.
Pujara also praised Rishabh Pant for his brilliant inning against England and his partnership with him at the crucial stage. He also advised the young player to learn few things including converting 90’s into hundreds.
“When a batter is going after the bowler from one end and if I’m around, we always have a chat in between the over and there is good right and left-hand combination which frustrates the bowlers. I think when the scoreboard is moving, we were building a good partnership and we batted enough now, talking about the last tour in Australia. The way Rishabh bats especially against the spinners, I think he likes to take them on and that’s the way he will go about it. It’s been a crucial partnership for us and I hope this continues. I love batting with him. I’m really happy with the way overall he’s playing. He still has to learn a few more things, he still has to put the team in a commanding position because he is capable of that and he’s missing out on hundreds. I’m sure he will learn from this but it his good that he is in form,” added Pujara