Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara bats during second day of Test cricket match between India vs Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai. (HT Photo/ Santosh Harhare)
Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday said he got out at the "wrong time" after doing all the hard work on the second day of the first cricket Test against Australia in Chennai.
India finished the day at 182 for three in reply to Australia's first-innings total 380 all out, and Pujara, who was dismissed for 44, felt the hosts were in a comfortable position.
"I was set and things were going smoothly for us. But unfortunately, I got out at the wrong time. Still we are in a good position. I am happy about it and I have also contributed at the right time," Pujara said.
About his dismissal, Pujara said he was "surprised".
Pujara was joined by Sachin Tendulkar, who remained unbeaten on 71 at stumps, at a crucial juncture as India had lost their openers with just 11 runs on the board.
The two added 93 runs for third wicket to steer India to safety.
"Sachin, when he got to bat, he was on the mark facing the first ball itself and hit three boundaries in the first over itself. So, he was looking positive. I have not seen him in such a kind of positive mindset. It was really pleasure watching him," the 26-year-old right-hander told reporters.
Tendulkar showed glimpses of his vintage form with a fluent half-century as India recovered from the two early jolts to match evenly poised at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.
"It was very important for us to make a partnership and it was really crucial. During the partnership we were talking about how the ball was moving and at times reverse swinging. Such communication was really important when we were batting."