Cheteshwar Pujara relished senior role as double ton puts England on the rack

13:55 16 November 2012


India's Cheteshwar Pujara attends a practice session in Ahmadabad, India, Tueday, Nov. 13, 2012. India and England are scheduled to play four cricket tests with the first test beginning on Nov. 15 in Ahmedabad. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India’s double-centurion Cheteshwar Pujara knew he had to be the batsman to contribute a significant innings after his side took charge against England on day two of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

The number three registered a nerveless 206 not out in just his sixth match at this level to propel India to 521 for eight declared before England closed on 41 for three in reply.

Resuming on 98 not out this morning, Pujara was not content to simply register his second Test hundred - with the first coming against New Zealand in August - but was determined to go on and compile a game-changing innings.

“Last time I missed (getting a double hundred) against New Zealand and I wanted to score a double hundred and this these were the perfect conditions for me,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports 1.

“We needed a big total on the board so I needed to hang around.

“I think the reason for success was to read the gameplan better than other players.”

Pujara’s run-scoring slowed up a little after lunch and the 24-year-old admitted that was down to a combination of the condition of the pitch and fatigue.

“It was quite slow and it started turning after lunch,” he added. “I had to hang around but I wasn’t getting my shots because the wicket was too slow.

“Even my body was a little tired. I had to run a lot, I was sweating but I think my fitness was good as I could carry on and play such a big innings.”

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