Cheteshwar Pujara has been elevated to the place of vice-captain with Ajinkya Rahane taking on the reins of the Indian group for the primary Test in opposition to New Zealand in Kanpur starting Thursday (November 25). Pujara was one of many lynchpins of India’s success within the Test collection in England earlier this yr, which Virat Kohli’s facet are at present main 2-1 with the fifth and ultimate Test rescheduled for 2022 attributable to COVID-19 outbreak in Indian camp.
Pujara notched up 227 runs within the 4 Tests in opposition to England in the summertime together with 91 within the third Test at Leeds and 61 within the 4th Test on the Oval. “My mindset was a lot more different in the England Test series, I was a lot more fearless. There was not much change in technique. So far preparations for the New Zealand series has been good and I’ll look to carry that same fearless mindset against the Kiwis as well,” Pujara mentioned throughout a digital media interplay from Kanpur on Tuesday (November 23).
The Indian batter shouldn’t be involved in regards to the added duty of being vice-captain for the Kanpur Test. Kohli is predicted to be again for the second Test in Mumbai.
“Added responsibility can be good and cam sometimes work in your favour. Even as a senior player in the side, I used to share my inputs with the think-tank regularly,” Pujara mentioned.
The Saurashtra batter hasn’t seen a lot cricket for the final three months since he didn’t play a single IPL 2021 match and wasn’t a part of the Indian T20 facet as effectively. “Although I didn’t play any match, I was part of an IPL team (Chennai Super Kings). I went to practice with CSK and trained with them regularly. We also had a five-day camp in Mumbai to prepare for the NZ series which has been really good,” he added.
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