Over the years, Cheteshwar Pujara has earned plaudits for his batting in the longest format of the game. He is flattered by the comparisons to Rahul Dravid for their similar approach to batting, but insists he is focused on the job at hand, which is to win matches for India with the willow. After another challenging but successful tour of Australia, the 33-year-old is elated that the hard work and determination shown by an inexperienced Indian team paid off, and is confident that India’s success Down Under will motivate the younger players to perform well in the forthcoming Test series against England, which begins in Chennai on February 5.
In an interview with Sportstar, India’s Test No. 3 takes us through his journey in Australia and the team’s mindset ahead of the return of international cricket to India.