it is almost inevitable that he will be in the runs once again. The last time he went without a half-century for more than three innings during that phase, he responded with scores of 203 not out and 352 in the Ranji Trophy. If anything statistics prove that Pujara is due a big one as India A clash against West Indies A in the third unofficial Test in Hubli on Wednesday.
While Pujara has scored runs against all-comers during his golden run, the spinners have suffered the most, especially during his Test innings. And he averages 63.44 while scoring 571 runs off them, and has been dismissed on nine occasions. Out of those nine though, they have managed to get him out cheaply more often than the seamers. From Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar to even Nathan Lyon.
Ironing out flaws
And so far against West Indies A, it’s been Veersammy Permaul who seems to have had an edge over Pujara, getting rid of him before the India A skipper has gotten his eye completely in. But Pujara was seen working extra hard against Bhargav Bhatt and a local left-arm spinner, especially working on the sweep shot that has let him down on two occasions already.
Following this series against the two Tests against the senior West Indies team though will be his real test with India set for series in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia over the next 14 months. And Pujara feels that he’s ready to replicate his successes overseas as well.
“Each country will have different conditions. Obviously if the South African tour is there, the good thing for me is that I have played two Test matches over there. I know how the conditions are, how to score runs, what kind of changes I have to make in my technique. I haven’t been to New Zealand but I have heard that there is a lot of wind over there. I am positive of scoring in England and Australia as I’ve done so already (for India A),” he said.
For now though, Pujara is intent on setting his