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Didn’t realise I had broken a 70-year-old record: Cheteshwar Pujara

Didn't realise I had broken a 70-year-old record: Cheteshwar Pujara

Has the feeling sunk in yet?

Initially, I wasn’t aware that I had broken a 70-year-old record. I was relaxing after a long day and it was only after someone tagged me on Twitter that I realised I had achieved something so special. There are some very big names in that list, who have been absolute legends of the game and inspired my generation. I really feel humbled and very honoured that I will be remembered along with these greats in the long run.

What made it even more special was that I was playing in Rajkot, my hometown, and my father was at the ground to watch me play.

You didn’t score a 50 in your last 10 first-class innings. Were you under pressure?

Not really because I was playing county cricket in England, where the conditions are pretty challenging for batsmen. I have been pretty happy with the way I have progressed in the last few months and considering the fact that we have a Test series coming up shortly (against Sri Lanka), this double century has come at the right time. As long as I am happy with my preparations and I am putting in my 100% in the nets, I don’t get worried if I have a few bad days.

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