New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara does not look like being in the scheme of things as far as Kings XI Punjab’s playing XI is concerned. But the gritty Saurashtra batsman has already started to make a mental note of what he intends to do before the tour of England.
Pujara intends to use the time before England tour by preparing some seaming tracks back home in Rajkot and get ready to face the Jimmy Andersons and the Tim Bresnans.
“You can’t create the conditions like what is there in England but I will prepare some tracks back home and practise on them. I will do that just before the series starts. There’s no point starting well ahead and putting pressure but once the IPL gets over, my focus will be on the England series,” Pujara said ahead of KXIP’s match against the Delhi DareDevils.
Pujara knows only too well that time is running out as far as making it to the core group for next year’s World Cup is concerned. But he wishes to get a look in for the short series in Bangladesh, which will help him prove his credentials as a limited-overs batsman.
“It’s always a dream for any player to play in the World Cup but personally, I can’t comment whether I will be there. But I am very confident that the way I am preparing, I will get some success and hope that in the coming series against Bangladesh, I will get a chance. My preparation has been fantastic.
“In Test matches, I have been doing well and that experience will help me in ODIs too. Because most of the bowlers you play in Tests are playing ODIs also. If I have done reasonably well in Tests, it will help me do well in ODI also.”