“I’ve to go back and start preparing for the Sri Lankan series. That is much more important,” pat came the reply from Pujara. It gave a glimpse into his sincerity and single-minded approach, which have contributed to him finishing as India’s leading run-scorer (1316 runs from 13 Tests at 62.66) during their gruelling home Test season recently. He spoke about having happy memories of playing in Sri Lanka, his recent county stint with Nottinghamshire, Rahul Dravid’s influence on his game and more.
India are embarking on some tough away tours, including series in South Africa, England and Australia, over the next 18 months. How do you think the team will fare?
We have played excellent Test cricket over the last one year. We know each other really well and are really close as a unit. So, even when we go overseas, I think we are quite strong. Now, we are experienced because many of us have played in South Africa, England and Australia.We would like to capitalise on that and show that we can be competitive overseas as well. It’s always important to play well away from home, but I don’t think there should be any pressure on any of us. We have done really well at home recently and would just like to carry the momentum in the coming months.