I was driven by failure, says Pujara

I was driven by failure, says Pujara

There was certain kind of inevitability to Cheteshwar Pujara producing a big innings if not a triple ton. 

Having notched up low scores in the previous two matches, the India ‘A’ skipper did what he does best -- produce a big hundred. While equal credit should go to bowlers, who managed to bowl West Indies ‘A’ twice well within four days, Pujara set the game up nicely for India ‘A’ with an unbeaten 306.

“It’s the hunger to score runs,” said the Saurashtra batsman after India crushed West Indies ‘A’ by an innings and 54 runs in the third and final four-day encounter here to level the three-match series. “I think for this particular success, the failure in the first two games motivated me a lot. The kind of expectations people have from the kind of ability I have, I have to live up to those expectations. This was the right time because it was an important match for us and I always like to score big runs.

“I always feel that when I cross the 100-mark, that’s when I can start playing my natural game. All the shots come very naturally (to me) and I don’t have to put up any hard work or do any extra concentration because the rest of the things are all natural things and I just go through the motions after I go through the hundred,” he elaborated.

The right-hander said he is mentally free once he reaches the 100. “I think mentally I am very free once I score a hundred because as a batsman, you know the conditions, the bowler and most of the time the bowlers are tired. So you just have to use your brain and capitalise on the loose balls. And you also know that what time to accelerate and what time you have to respect the bowler.”

India ‘A’ coach Lalchand Rajput was all praise for Zaheer Khan, who produced a mesmerising spell to skittle West Indies ‘A’, and felt the left-arm pacer is close regaining match-fitness. “I think this was the game where they (selectors) wanted to see if he was back to fitness,” pointed out Rajput.

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