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A special feeling to hit the winning boundary: Pujara

Last updated on 19 Feb 2023 | 08:56 AM
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A special feeling to hit the winning boundary: Pujara

The right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 31 in the second inning to power India to a 2-0 lead in Delhi

India have wrapped up proceedings in the afternoon session of Day three of the second Test match at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran riot in the morning session.

In pursuit of 115 runs, India lost wickets at regular intervals, but Cheteshwar Pujara and KS Bharat ensured India did not face any jitters by forging a 30-run stand for the fifth wicket to help India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

The right-handed batter, who is playing his 100th Test match, shared his insights on the run chase and said, "It's been a great Test match. Unfortunately, I did not get any runs in the first innings, but I knew if I stayed for the first 10 minutes, I can score. A special feeling, was very nervous as my entire family was there. A special feeling to hit the winning boundary, looking forward to the remaining two Tests."

"I thought we'll chase something around 200-250, so we were prepared to go and do that. We were a bit disappointed at yesterday's bowling, we conceded a bit too many runs, but the spinners were excellent today," he further added. 

Australia were guilty of sweeping on a low surface and lost majority of their wickets attempting that stroke. However, Pujara felt it was not an ideal stroke on this surface and said, "It's not an ideal shot to play because of the low bounce. I try to use my feet, and it's always better to play in that manner on such turning wickets. You need to get the pace of the pitch, and once you're in, you'll get to a situation where you can play your shots with confidence," he said. 

The 35-year-old also congratulated his stateside Saurashtra for clinching the Ranji title for the second time and said," Lovely, congrats to all the guys on Saurashtra's Ranji triumph, was following the scores until lunch. Great achievement by the team. We've been consistent over the last few years, and it's our second title, so great work by the guys," he concluded. 

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