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Tendulkar's advice helps debutant Pujara

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 11:34 [IST]
 
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Tendulkar's advice helps debutant Pujara

Indian middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara who made an excellent half century on debut against Australia said that he overcame his nervousness while batting after talking to Sachin Tendukar, who was alongside him on the other end.

Pujara scored a gutsy 72 after being promoted up the order and the knock proved to be invaluable for the Indians as India had lost Virender Sehwag very early in their second innings, while chasing the target.

He shared two crucial partnerships with Murali Vijay and Tendulkar, which eventually helped India overhaul Aussie target with seven wickets left in hand.

"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.

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."

The 22-year-old lad from Gujarat admitted that he was nervous when he was asked to bat up the order but the seniors encouraged him to bat without any pressure.

"I was nervous going in as number three and told myself to be focused. I had planned to go in to the innings taking over by over. They were trying to take my wicket and I did not give away easily and when I actually was on the run, they started defending as well," Pujara said.

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