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WATCH | Can Play White-ball Cricket and Want to for India - Pujara

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 19, 2019, 2:41 PM IST

Gaurav Kalra: In your mind, how do you view Cheteshwar Pujara the white ball player? You know there is a lot of commentary and a lot of talk about it. You have bracketed as a "Test match specialist". Do you think white ball cricket is a thing of the past?

Cheteshwar Pujara: Not at all. If you look at my List A cricket, the way I have batted the number of runs that I have scored is very good and when I played white ball cricket for Yorkshire last season, I scored many runs, I think I had a hundred and three fifties in about four innings which shows I can play white ball cricket. And I personally have no doubt about it that I can play white ball cricket and it is something where I can get a little more exposure, if I get more opportunity then things will change.

Gaurav Kalra: Do you think in India there is this mindset that people get bracketed that so and so is only good for this format?

Cheteshwar Pujara: I think it is the mindset, the moment people start seeing me bat well in ODI cricket or T20 cricket, they will understand that this player can do it because if you look at my Test cricket people had that opinion that this is the old school cricket but that opinion changed. And even with white ball cricket I think in time to come it will change.

Gaurav Kalra: So, you hope to play One Day cricket for India someday?

Cheteshwar Pujara: Yes, I do.

Gaurav Kalra: That brings me to another issue. How do you view yourself of not being part of IPL? Is that something that goes into the back of your mind? There are lots of people who get IPL contract with absolutely not a patch on your record. How do you view getting no interest from the IPL franchises year after year?

Cheteshwar Pujara: Well when you are not picked at times you do get disappointed but I move on. I think I am someone who doesn't run behind things. If it doesn't come, it doesn't come. I will still keep working on my game and there are still platforms where I need to play. And during the IPL I go and play some county cricket which helps me immensely in my Test career. And I also get to play some white ball cricket. Which is obviously a very good thing. Whenever I play white ball cricket, they ask me why are you not picked because you play white ball cricket so well, why are you not playing T20 format. So, I always tell them that I don't get enough opportunity back home. But I accept it and keep working on my game.

Gaurav Kalra: So, you don't worry when these auctions come and go?

Cheteshwar Pujara: Not much, initially it does. But after a day or two I just focus on what is next rather than what else is happening.

First Published: January 19, 2019, 2:41 PM IST
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