Pujara clarifies what team management spoke to him about

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 08, 2016 22:05 hrs
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Holkar Stadium became the 22nd Test venue in India and Virat Kohli won his eighth consecutive toss at home. At the end of the opening day's play Cheteshwar Pujara addressed the post match press conference.

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Pujara's 41-run knock at Indore came in 108 balls at a strike-rate of 37.96. 

When indirectly questioned on that, the Indian mainstay in the longest format clarified that the team management had spoken to him about his 'intent' and not 'strike-rate'.

"What the message was given was to play with intent. When it comes to Test cricket we don't need to focus much on strike rate, but on positive intent. On such wickets you can't keep on scoring runs and have a strike rate of more than 70 or 80. You have to bat as per the situations. You have to know what the team requires," Pujara said at the end of opening day's play.

Praising the batting of captain Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, as India scored 267 for 3, Pujara said their partnership has been crucial.

"Virat and Ajinkya batted really well. Virat played a very good innings and got the first century (from either side) in the series and Ajinkya too batted well. Their partnership (unconquered 167 for fourth wicket) was crucial and if the partnership carries on tomorrow it will be good for us," he said.

He was happy that the century landmark which was eluding the batsmen has been breached today by Kohli.

"Century was not made, but good scores were made and the top order is getting runs. We were aware that one batsman from the top six must get 100 and we got it today. It's a landmark, but once we get 50 plus it's still a good score," he said.

Pujara, who missed scoring his fourth half-century in five innings by 9 runs, said the Indians were looking at a total in excess of 400 from the position they were in. "

We will try to bat as long as possible. The kind of position we are in, we will look to get 400 and if don't lose quick wickets tomorrow and continue like we are doing, we will keep batting. We hope for a big total and when our spinners bowl we expect some more help from the wicket," said Pujara.

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