India vs New Zealand: Cheteshwar Pujara “Not Bothered” By His Century Drought

Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t scored a Take a look at hundred since January, 2019.© AFP

India batter Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t scored 100 in Take a look at cricket since his 193-run knock in opposition to Australia within the Sydney Take a look at in January, 2019. The century drought, which has prolonged to nearly three years now, has elevated the strain on Pujara forward of India’s two-match Take a look at sequence at house in opposition to New Zealand beginning Thursday in Kanpur. Nonetheless, the highly-experienced 33-year-old batter has stated that he’s “not bothered” about scoring 100, so long as he’s contributing to the staff.

Replying to a question on his century drought in Tuesday’s pre-match press convention, Pujara stated, “So far as my hundred is worried, when it has to occur it would occur. My job is to bat effectively for the staff and it isn’t that I have never been getting runs. I’ve acquired 80s and 90s. So long as I’m batting effectively and contributing for the staff, I’m not bothered about my hundred. It is matter of 1 innings.”

Vice-captain for the opening Take a look at in Kanpur, with Ajinkya Rahane taking up captaincy duties within the absence of standard captain Virat Kohli, Pujara stated the designation would not carry a whole lot of change to his function within the squad.

“Added accountability can work in your favour as you possibly can share expertise with children. Even when I’m not vice-captain, I try to share my experiences as a lot as I can and supreme focus is about Indian staff,” Pujara stated.

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Earlier, India gained the three-match T20I sequence 3-0 in opposition to T20 World Cup runners-up New Zealand. Kohli, who will proceed to be on a break throughout the Kanpur Take a look at, will be a part of Staff India for the second Take a look at in Mumbai that begins on December 3.

(with PTI inputs)

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