Cheteshwar Pujara was one of the standout performers at the recently-concluded Test series in Sri Lanka – scoring 309 runs in three games which included two centuries. In a chat with TOI, the 29-year-old spoke on what makes the Indian team an all-conquering unit, the importance of county cricket and more. Excerpts:
How would you sum up the recently-concluded Test series in Lanka?
Going into the Test series, I wanted to continue batting the way I have in the last one-and-half years. I was well-prepared for it, since I went to play county cricket (for Nottinghamshire) ahead of the series. Also, I had played in Sri Lanka during the 2015 series and that gave me a lot of confidence.
How did the county stint in Nottinghamshire shape your game?
Playing county cricket is about being in that environment and batting on those wickets which seam and have a bit of bounce. It’s all about getting the experience and nothing related to your technique. Once you reach a certain point (in your career), your technique is very much decided and all you need to do is fine-tune it.
With 2019 World Cup to be held in England, should the ODI specialists too try out county cricket next season?
Not just looking at the 2019 World Cup, but to develop as a cricketer, it is important to have county experience. Whether it is ODI or Tests, whenever there is an opportunity, cricketers should certainly play county matches.