Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t scored a Test hundred since January, 2019.© AFP
India batter Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t scored 100 in Test cricket since his 193-run knock in opposition to Australia within the Sydney Test in January, 2019. The century drought, which has prolonged to nearly three years now, has elevated the strain on Pujara forward of India’s two-match Test series at house in opposition to New Zealand beginning Thursday in Kanpur. However, the highly-experienced 33-year-old batter has mentioned that he’s “not bothered” about scoring 100, so long as he’s contributing to the staff.
Replying to a question on his century drought in Tuesday’s pre-match press convention, Pujara mentioned, “As far as my hundred is concerned, when it has to happen it will happen. My job is to bat well for the team and it’s not that I haven’t been getting runs. I have got 80s and 90s. As long as I am batting well and contributing for the team, I am not bothered about my hundred. It’s matter of one innings.”
Vice-captain for the opening Test in Kanpur, with Ajinkya Rahane taking on captaincy duties within the absence of standard captain Virat Kohli, Pujara mentioned the designation would not convey loads of change to his position within the squad.
“Added responsibility can work in your favour as you can share experience with youngsters. Even when I am not vice-captain, I try and share my experiences as much as I can and ultimate focus is about Indian team,” Pujara mentioned.
Earlier, India received the three-match T20I collection 3-0 in opposition to T20 World Cup runners-up New Zealand. Kohli, who will proceed to be on a break through the Kanpur Test, will be a part of Team India for the second Test in Mumbai that begins on December 3.
(with PTI inputs)
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