Cheteshwar Pujara, who is often criticised for not scoring runs at a rapid pace, believes that he never felt the need to modify his game. In an exclusive interview with Network18 Group Editor (Sports) Gaurav Kalra, he says that it is all about reading the match situation well.
GK: Now because of this intent and aggression and all of this that has been used, occasionally in the past you have been left out of the Indian team. I know those are management decisions and things of that nature but do you think back on that and say right...you know quite clearly those weren't decisions that proved to be right in the end because there is room for this school of batsmanship and it proves successful?
CP: Yeah, I think even the team management have realised that what it requires to win a Test match, as a batting unit what plans we should have and I am hardly worried about what has happened in the past. I can't focus much on what has gone wrong or what I should have done. But I always keeps working on my game, I am very strong in what I need to do, mentally I know it very well. With my first class experience I know that this is way I can score runs and I have done it even in international cricket so I am very confident when it comes to what I need to do to be successful as a batsman and what I need to do to contribute even more to the team's success because it's just not about the number of runs I score, ultimately it is the number of runs which is there on the board when the innings finishes.
GK: Tell me Cheteshwar whenever this has happened in the past, has it ever crossed your mind that maybe I need to make modifications to my game? Have you ever had that feeling itself because the world outside seemed to have that narrative, you know this style of play is not suited anymore to the way that the Test cricket is evolving?
CP: Well it's not the style of play, I always felt that I could always bat at a decent rate, so it is something which I try to do just by reading the situation, it's not that I can't play run-a-ball even if the need be. So, I have done it whenever there is a situation, whenever there is a demand to score at a decent strike rate. So, it is not about that, I think it is about reading the situation. It is about having the right game-plan, so I think personally I never felt that I need to modify anything but as a batsman you always need to improve, make some adjustments have few more shots in your game which can help me even in the shorter format. So I have always tried having different shots in my game which has helped me in Australia.