Pujara and Rahane were in poor form in this second innings run-up and their 111-run partnership helped India set a target of 240 for the Proteas.
He was asked if he and Rahane felt pressure after the veteran Sunil Gavaskar Predicting that the second inning might be his last chance, Pujara’s response was the same positive intent he had during his batting.
Pujara said at the end of the day’s play, “We are confident and have a lot of support from the team management. We have always been learning from Sunny Bhai and he has always been supportive whenever I have talked to him.”
He understands that questions will be asked when the run will dry up but players like him and Rahane have won a lot of games for the team.
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“Yes, there are times when you are going through bad form, there will be questions but we are confident players. Me and Ajinkya and we know we are working hard on our game and there is a saying that form is temporary but The class is permanent and it applies here.
“We’ve done well in the past and the management has shown a lot of confidence in us and he’s definitely paid off and once he gets back to better form, you keep making runs and going up and down,” he said.
It has been a very good thing for Pujara that both the coaches Rahul Dravid And Captain Virat Kohli It is supported.
“Team management is always supportive except for outside noise, the coaching staff, the captain is behind every player.
“There comes a time when you don’t get a lot of runs but it is important to follow the right routine and keep working on the game because sometimes, you can’t get a run but if you follow the right procedures, you will get a run. And this That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ”
The heavy roller settles the pitch down
Pujara is confident that in the next hour the variable bounce will spoil the pitch coming into the game.
Although the use of heavy rollers on the track makes batting easier, he admitted.
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“I think with a heavy roller, the pitch settles down a bit, it takes a while to open the cracks because the dents are there and it freezes a little bit. After an hour or so it starts to bounce the variable, that’s all. Looking forward to tomorrow, he can play well in the first hour, “he said.
Pant will be good
Pujara backed Rishabh Pant who faced a lot of criticism for charging Kagiso Rabada down the track and throwing his wicket.
Pujara said, “We all know that Rishabh is playing an aggressive game. When he has not scored in this game, he will definitely do well in the upcoming matches.”