Having grown up in Rajkot, a four-hour drive from Ahmedabad, Cheteshwar Pujara is no stranger to playing at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera. In fact, the last Test the stadium hosted before being reconstructed as the largest cricket stadium in the world saw Pujara scoring a double hundred versus England in 2012.

As he trained at the swanky venue for the first time, Pujara remembered the last match was so long ago he had “just got engaged”. He was not sure about what’s lying in store next week for the third Test against England. Not only will India play only its second day-night Test at home but it will be played on a pitch that is yet to stage a First Class game.

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Have to accept

“We didn’t have too many games after the completion of the stadium due to COVID, so I feel we have to accept the…

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