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India vs England 2021: Chepauk Pitch Wasn't Dangerous at All, Says Cheteshwar Pujara

India's middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara has said that all the hullabaloo regarding Chepauk where the ball started to spin from day one is not valid as the pitch was not at all difficult. He also said India never complains when they go to England and play on seaming wickets.

India vs England 2021: Chepauk Pitch Wasn't Dangerous at All, Says Cheteshwar Pujara

India's middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara has said that all the hullabaloo regarding Chepauk where the ball started to spin from day one is not valid as the pitch was not at all difficult. He also said India never complains when they go to England and play on seaming wickets.

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"Sometimes you know when you are playing on a turning track, you find it difficult but at the same time, it was not a dangerous pitch at all. When the ball spins you know people find it difficult to score runs, especially the overseas teams. When we go overseas and we play on seaming tracks, the game finishes in three or four days. We still have to play on such wickets where there is a lot of grass or seam movement," said Pujara replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Saturday.

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"In turning tracks, one cannot define how much the ball can spin. It is a very thin line in that way. I do not think it was a bad pitch, it always becomes difficult in the second innings, this is how it is. When we play in Australia, there are cracks on day four and five, it is a little dangerous, the oddball hits the crack and it might take off. As a team I do not think we had any issues, once opposition teams start playing more on these pitches, they will be fine," he added.

Asked about the pitch for the upcoming day-night Test, he said it is an important game to qualify for the finals of the World Test Championship.

"We have played just one day-night game in India and it was with the SG ball. Domestic games which I have played were with the kookaburra ball. To be honest, it is difficult to predict whether you can keep the grass cover. It is an important game for us to qualify for the finals of the World Test Championship, we will try to focus on the game," he said.

"Even I have played so many Tests, but with the pink ball, I also don't have much experience. I do not think experience matters a lot when you are playing the one-off game with the pink-ball in a series. As we keep playing more, we will get used to it. It is just Test cricket, we will have to play normal cricket. As a team, we have certain goals as a batting and bowling unit, we will stick to them. The next two Tests are very important for us, we will like to stick to our game plans," he added.



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2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
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