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Pujara special makes fiancee's day
Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times
Ahmedabad, November 17, 2012
First Published: 00:16 IST(17/11/2012)
Last Updated: 00:19 IST(17/11/2012)

Like any other cricket fan in the country, she also loves the game. However, she has never been the sort who would go all out to watch her favourite cricketer in action.

But on Thursday, all that changed for Pooja Pabari, an MBA from Rajkot. She not only stepped into the Sardar Patel Stadium here to watch the first Test between India and England, but also watched intently as her would-be husband, Cheteshwar Pujara, went from 98 runs on Day One to an unbeaten 206 on the second day.

"This is the first time I am watching an international match seated inside a stadium," said Pooja, who had a front-row seat in the VIP pavilion.

An MBA in retail management, Pooja was engaged to the middle-order batsman at a simple ceremony earlier this month. And, it seems, Pooja has already started bringing lady luck to the Saurashtra cricketer, who not only went past his previous best of 159 runs on Friday but also slammed his first double ton in the longest format of the game.

However, Pooja has no plans of watching the remaining matches in the series. "I won't accompany him (for the rest of the series)," she said.

So, what did she tell her would-be husband after he scored an unbeaten 98 on Thursday? "We talked, but not too much about cricket. Anyway, he knows the game better than I do, so, there is no question of giving him suggestions," she added.

Despite being passionate about the game, Pooja says she doesn't have any favourite - or, perhaps, she doesn't want to name the one she really admires. After all, this is the beginning of her lifelong association with a great cricketing talent.


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