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.<iframe width=”560” height=”420” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jVVbE0qvqeA?ecver=1” frameborder=”0” allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframePujara said not getting off the mark was bothering him after a point in time but he wasn’t losing patience on that. “After a point obviously yes I wanted to get off the mark. But as you saw, it was a bit difficult to rotate the strike. As I said this is one of the toughest pitches I have played on, so you need to take your time and you need to get used to the bounce and lateral movement. So it was difficult for me early on but as I batted more it became easier for me,” said Pujara.He however quickly rectified his ‘easier’ remark. “I wouldn’t say it gets much easier. I never felt that I was in on this wicket, as I said there was a lot of deviation. When you bat for a bit, things do get easier, but I don’t think you can be ‘in’ on this wicket. If someone scores a hundred, it will be a very brilliant knock,” he said.With a string of low scores, the No 3 batsman hasn’t had a good series so far. He also came under a fair bit of criticism after being run out twice in the second Test at Centurion. Pujara however said he wasn’t looking back at that Test.“Well it was a bit unfortunate because I was looking really good even in the last Test match. The way I was batting, I felt in. But it was a bit unfortunate that I was run out in both innings. That was a tough time. I don’t think any cricketer would (want to) get out twice (run out) in one Test match. That is something that I’d like to forget and move on,” he said.