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Switching to Test mode in England after IPL won't be easy: Pujara

May 08, 2014 17:54 IST

Switching to Test mode in England after IPL won't be easy: Pujara

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India will embark on a redemption tour to England just after the ongoing Indian Premier League and Cheteshwar Pujara, who is expected to be the team's batting mainstay, feels it will be a tough ask for the visitors' to switch to Test cricket mode from the Twenty20 format.

"It won't be easy at all," Pujara, who is playing for Kings XI Punjab in this year's IPL, said on Thursday.

"But the good thing is that we have two practice games before the five Tests. We will try to make the most of it. We will obviously have some plans to tackle the conditions," he said of the tour, which starts with a warm-up against Leicestershire on June 26.


Image: Cheteshwar Pujara
Photographs: BCCI

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India were whitewashed 4-0 in Tests in England

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Besides five Tests, India will play five ODIs and a lone T20 International during its England tour.

In their last tour to England in 2011, India drew a blank as they returned winless from the two-month long trip.

India were humiliated 0-4 by the hosts in the Test series followed by a 0-3 drubbing in the five-match ODI rubber. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side also lost the lone T20 match.

Considering their showing in 2011, the upcoming tour to England holds great significance for the Indian team.


Image: VVS Laxman is bowled by James Anderson during the fourth Test match at the Oval in London, on August 21, 2011.
Photographs: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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'The wickets there are something we can't have in India'

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Pujara believes that adjusting to the seamer-friendly pitches in England will be the biggest challenge for the Indian team

"The wickets there are something we can't have in India and that makes the job really challenging. It is the same for them when they come here and play on spin-friendly wickets," Pujara said.

"The thing which will give me confidence there is the experience of playing in New Zealand and South Africa where I managed to do alright," said the 26-year-old Saurashtra batsman, who has a staggering average of 58.92 in 19 Tests.


Image: Cheteshwar Pujara
Photographs: BCCI

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'T20 is all about innovation and I am working on new shots'

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Pujara has certainly made a name for himself in the longest format, but time and again he has expressed his desire to excel in all three formats.

"I am learning every day in this format [T20]. I have spoken a lot to David Miller, Glenn Maxwell and Viru Pa [Virender Sehwag] on how to improve as a T20 player. I still feel I have a lot of catching up to do in this format.

"T20 is all about innovation and I am working on new shots, so that I am able to hit the big shots whenever the need arises. I am also working a lot on my strength and fitness. But I am doing all these keeping in mind that it doesn't affect my natural game," he said.


Image: Cheteshwar Pujara
Photographs: BCCI

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'What has got us in this position is that we have done well in all three departments'

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Asked about Kings XI Punjab's stupendous success so far in the IPL, Pujara put it down to team effort.

"It is all about the picking the right team combination. What has got us in this position is that we have done well in all three departments. Our batting was always seen as the strongest point but if that has not clicked, our bowlers have come to the party. The fielding has been brilliant too."

Pujara was left out of the playing eleven in Wednesday's game against Chennai Super Kings.

On the team's decision to leave him out, Pujara, who has scored 125 runs in the first six games at a strike-rate of 100.80, said: "I can't talk about the decisions of the team management. Some things should stay within the team. I would just like to say that I was given the opening role and I have performed it well."


Image: Kings XI Punjab players celebrate a wicket against Chennai Super Kings
Photographs: BCCI

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