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Pujara sharpening his bowling skills

New Delhi: As his quest for a permanent spot in India’s ODI team continues, Cheteshwar Pujara has started bowling in order to fit the bill for selection. A good showing in the upcoming IPL could well see him on the plane to Australia and New Zealand for next year’s World Cup, he feels.

“I have also started bowling at the nets so that I can contribute as a part-time bowler. I want to help my team with my bowling too if the captain wants me to.

“I am looking to bring improvement in my game, the most important one being playing on the rise. I am targeting specific areas, which include analysis of my batting and what mistakes I am committing in the middle. It will help me in the longer run,” Pujara said.

“If I can prove myself in the IPL, I am confident that I can get success in ODIs too. I had played a couple of good innings for my last franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, which proved that I have the talent to excel in the shortest format as well.

“It’s all about getting more opportunities in the near future. I am looking forward to have a successful IPL,” he said.

Ever since making his debut in the 50-over format against Zimbabwe last year in August, Pujara has only played two ODIs in the limited opportunities he has got so far, while his non-inclusion for the Asia Cup dead rubber against Afghanistan left many flabbergasted. (PTI)