India’s middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara scored his last half-century six innings ago but the Saurashtra batsman is “not too worried” about his own form, saying he is happy as long as he is contributing in the team’s success.
Pujara was dismissed for just 16 during India’s only innings in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua.
“No I am not worried. Overall I have been batting well. Even in the South Africa series, there have been good scores and some good batting on challenging wickets. So at times you have to be realistic and see the contribution without seeing whether I am getting hundreds or big double hundreds. It’s always about contributing to the team’s success,” Pujara told reporters here.
“At the same time I realised that I played a bad shot in the last Test when I was looking good. I did the hard work in the first session when the ball was moving.
“Things though remain very simple. I always have to contribute and play with responsibility. I have spoken with Anil Kumble too, and he told me a few things about my batting. Most importantly, he told me he was happy with the contributions I have made in the past and is positive about the way I am currently batting,” he said.
Elaborating the team’s goal, Pujara said India are gunning for a series whitewash here in its quest for becoming the numero uno Test side in the future.
“The first aim is to win the series and obviously we would like to win all the Tests here. But we are taking it one match at a time and we will be focusing on winning this one. We have a positive environment and all the guys are charged up for this match. Going ahead we want to be the No.1 Test team in the world too,” he said.
Asked if India will adopt a new strategy in the upcoming Test considering the change in conditions, Pujara replied, “I don’t think so. If we see the first Test there was good pace and bounce from the wicket, and we did well. We just need to continue doing what we have been doing well and there have been many partnerships from the last game.