Cape Town - India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says that he didn't ever
feel out of touch during his 16 innings run without a fifty.
Pujara hit 72 on day three of the third Test against England
to end that run and though he was happy with the fifty he was disappointed to
miss out on a hundred.
The batsman has been billed as one of India's best players
of swing in the squad but struggled in the warm-up and endured a lean run in
County cricket with Yorkshire.
Pujara told Sky Sports: "I haven’t scored too many this
season. In county cricket I thought I was batting well but didn’t score too
many. It is good to be amongst the runs. I was confident enough that a big one
was coming soon. I missed out on a hundred but I am pleased to get 72."
Pujara rejected the notion that he harmed his own cause by
playing County Cricket and not scoring enough runs.
He added: "It is always good to play county cricket. I
was playing on some challenging pitches. It was good to have that
Despite India seemingly enjoying easier conditions to bat
in, Pujara feels that the pitch has quickened up and expects batting to be a
challenge into day four and beyond.
He said: "The pitch has quickened up a bit. It is a lot
quicker and there is a lot of deviation. On day four it won’t be easy for them
to bat. There are some balls which are climbing and some that are keeping
India still need ten wickets to close out a win that will
get them back into the series but will two full days ahead of us they are in
the driving seat.