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Our bowling will be key on flat wickets: Pujara

He feels the round-robin format in the coming edition of the World Cup will lead to greater chances for teams to make a comeback

By TT Bureau in Calcutta
  • Published 17.05.19, 2:38 AM
  • Updated 17.05.19, 2:38 AM
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Cheteshwar Pujara waves his bat as walks off after he was caught out for 193 runs against Australia on day 2 during their cricket test match in Sydney, on January 4, 2019. AP Photo

The indication, looking at the ongoing England-Pakistan ODI series, is that pitches for the World Cup matches are going to be on the flatter side.

And what could bother India is the lack of spin on the flat surfaces, feels Cheteshwar Pujara.

“The only concern is lack of spin on the pitches for our spinners.

“If there is not much spin, our spinners have to figure out how to take wickets and take them in clumps as well, as that’s important in this format,” India’s Test No. 3 was quoted as saying in a video posted by a cricket-specific website.

According to Pujara, the key for India is how well they are able to bowl on flat wickets.

“Our bowling will be key on flat wickets. But if we bat first, our batsmen will have to do the job. They have the experience, though,” he said.

Pujara, however, feels the round-robin format in the coming edition of the World Cup will lead to greater chances for teams to make a comeback. He also pointed out the experience most of the Indian cricketers have of playing in England.

“Playing more matches increases your chances of qualifying for the next round. You get more chances of making a comeback,” he said.

“As an Indian cricketer and just like all Indians want, I also want our team to win the World Cup.

“Our team is really good. A lot of the players have played in England, so they have the experience.

“The team is very confident. Most of the players have played in the IPL, so they are going into the Cup with good bit of match practice. Also, before the World Cup starts, there will be practice matches…

“The balance of the team is quite good. If they play to their potential, they are certainly capable of winning the World Cup,” Pujara added.

One shouldn’t get over-conscious when India face Pakistan in the World Cup, Pujara said. The arch-rivals meet on June 16 in Manchester.

“It is, of course, an important match. But it’s not that we only have to win against Pakistan.

“In the tournament, we have to win more matches in order to advance further. So, one particular game won’t be more important. Rather, every match is important.

“So, it’s important that the team does well in all matches,” Pujara said.

Currently focusing on the Saurashtra Premier League (SPL), Pujara said he would be playing County cricket only if time permits. While in this break, he is looking to work on his fitness and batting.

“As a professional cricketer, you keep on playing. I had played some Ranji Trophy matches right after the Australia series. If time permits, I will play County cricket…

“The Saurashtra Premier League is also happening, where there will be T20 matches. So I keep on playing cricket… You always stay motivated and want to improve as a cricketer.

“Sometimes breaks are also necessary as they help you to work on your desired areas such fitness and batting. This is the right time to make changes and improve as a player,” Pujara elaborated.

Asked if he would play County cricket before the West Indies tour, Pujara replied: “I am in talks with Counties, but nothing has finalised yet. I will now be playing the SPL matches and then if things work out, I will play County cricket.”

Talking about the Test Championship, Pujara said: “We had discussed about this during the Australia series. We need to figure out how the Championship works. The team is definitely looking forward to it.”