Team India vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara to carry ‘fearless mindset’ from England into NZ Tests

Cheteshwar Pujara has been elevated to the place of vice-captain with Ajinkya Rahane taking up the reins of the Indian staff for the primary Test in opposition to New Zealand in Kanpur starting Thursday (November 25). Pujara was one of many lynchpins of India’s success within the Test sequence in England earlier this yr, which Virat Kohli’s facet are presently main 2-1 with the fifth and ultimate Test rescheduled for 2022 due to COVID-19 outbreak in Indian camp.

Pujara notched up 227 runs within the 4 Tests in opposition to England in the summertime together with 91 within the third Test at Leeds and 61 within the 4th Test on the Oval. “My mindset was a lot more different in the England Test series, I was a lot more fearless. There was not much change in technique. So far preparations for the New Zealand series has been good and I’ll look to carry that same fearless mindset against the Kiwis as well,” Pujara stated throughout a digital media interplay from Kanpur on Tuesday (November 23).

The Indian batter shouldn’t be involved concerning the added accountability of being vice-captain for the Kanpur Test. Kohli is anticipated to be again for the second Test in Mumbai.

“Added responsibility can be good and cam sometimes work in your favour. Even as a senior player in the side, I used to share my inputs with the think-tank regularly,” Pujara stated.

The Saurashtra batter hasn’t seen a lot cricket for the final three months since he didn’t play a single IPL 2021 match and wasn’t a part of the Indian T20 facet as effectively. “Although I didn’t play any match, I was part of an IPL team (Chennai Super Kings). I went to practice with CSK and trained with them regularly. We also had a five-day camp in Mumbai to prepare for the NZ series which has been really good,” he added.

‘Hoping Rahane will score big runs in this series’

Rahane, who will lead the Indian facet, is having a troublesome time with the bat in Test cricket not too long ago. The Mumbai batter solely managed 109 runs in 4 Tests in opposition to England together with a top-score of 61 and a median of simply 15.57.

“Rahane is a great player. There will be ups and downs in any players’ career. He has been working hard in the nets and we are hoping he’ll score big runs in this series,” Pujara stated about his skipper Rahane.

‘Dravid’s expertise as participant and coach will assist’

The series will also be a litmus test for new head coach Rahul Dravid in opposition to the inaugural World Test Champions New Zealand. “It is a help to most of the young players as well as seniors like me that Dravid is coming in as coach. I have played alongside Rahul Dravid as a player and played under him in the ‘A’ series as well. The amount of experience he has a player and coach will help the side,” Pujara stated about new coach Dravid.

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