Bangalore: Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara, who earned praise for his stroke-filled fifty on debut, said he overcame the initial jitters after talking to Sachin Tendulkar, who was batting on the other end.
Pujara scored a 72-run knock and shared two crucial partnerships with Murali Vijay and Tendulkar in India's seven-wicket win over Australia Wednesday.
"It was a wonderful and nice experience. First thing that I did was to have a look at Tendulkar. He walked up and told me that you may be nervous. Try to overcome the nervousness. God has given you this opportunity and try and make use of it fully and score the runs," Pujara said.
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On his disappointing outing in the first innings when he got out after scoring just four runs, he said, "It was really disappointing and I wanted to take the challenge. The seniors in the team encouraged me to play my natural game and be focused."