What went through Cheteshwar Pujara’s mind while taking 54 balls to get going at Wanderers
Indian cricket team’s Cheteshwar Pujara was a picture of concentration during that tumultuous morning session on Day 1 of the third Test vs South Africa cricket team at the Wanderers, but he admitted to taking note of what was happening around him.cricket Updated: Jan 25, 2018 12:21 IST
Cheteshwar Pujara is known to be a grafter but the Wanderers pitch demanded something extra from him on Wednesday as he took 54 balls to open his account en route to a defensive fifty. Things had got to such a point where the crowd was egging him on to get that one single. And when he finally did, off Lungi Ngidi, everyone --- including his teammates in the dressing room --- had a smile on their faces. (India v South Africa Day 1 highlights | Scorecard)
Pujara was a picture of concentration during that tumultuous morning session but he admitted to taking note of what was happening around him.
“Yes you do notice it, because there was a lot of noise from the crowd (laughs). And even personally, obviously I wanted to get off the mark. I wasn’t seeing the number of balls I was facing, but yeah, sometimes when there is lot of noise you do notice it. Even if you are concentrating, sometimes you hear a voice from the crowd,” said Pujara after close of play on Day 1.