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‘Want to open in ODIs’

Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said that he would like to open the innings in ODIs in a bid to cement his place in the national team.

“I would like to bat at the top of the order. I can’t just say that I would prefer to open the innings. It depends on the team’s requirement. Given an opportunity, obviously I would prefer to open the innings but even batting at No. 3 or 4, it is not deep down the order,” said Pujara.

“If I am batting one to four, I am happy doing that,” he added.

Asked about the adjustments he would have to bring to his game if he wanted to play in the ODIs, Pujara explained, “In ODIs, there is not a major change, especially with the two new balls, you still want to play proper cricketing shots initially.

“And then once the ball gets old, you can start accelerating.

“Being a top order batsman, I don’t need to make too many adjustments in ODI format because there is a lot of movement.”