De Villiers' tips will come in handy, says Pujara

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Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 9:33 [IST]
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De Villers' tips will help me: Pujara

New Delhi, May 30: Royal Challengers Bangalore Cheteshwar Pujara has said South African wicket-keeper batsman AB de Villiers' advice would come in handy for the youngster after he was named the skipper of India A team for the tour of West Indies.

"I might not have played for RCB in the last month and a half but I was working really hard at the nets. Since this is my first tour of West Indies, I was keen on doing a bit of homework. I spoke to AB about the wickets there and also on my batting," the Saurashtra batsman told scribes on Tuesday.

Though Pujara did not play more games for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fifth edition of IPL, he spoke to de Villiers and took his valuable advice ahead of his first tour of West Indies.

"He (De Viliers) gave me some good tips on subtle adjustments in batting. Also RCB coach Venkatesh Prasad told me that apart from Kingston, the pitches at other venues would be on a slower side which would suit our batsmen," Pujara said.

Asked whether he was under pressure to perform being named the skipper of India A team for the tour of West Indies, he said it was one of the motivating factors for the batsman and never felt he was under pressure.

"I have never felt any pressure. Rather than pressure of performing, it is a big motivation to play for India 'A' as any good performance at this level will be noticed. Most of us have played for 'A' team on overseas tours, so we have that requisite experience."

Pujara, who has recovered from an injury, feels this phase is equally important as he fared well in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy.

"I won't say that it's like starting from zero. After coming back from injury, I had played four Ranji Trophy matches as well as in the Duleep Trophy. I have also played a few matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore."

Coach Lalchand Rajput was asked whether he would employ rotation policy, he answered,"The best XI will play in every match."

Since a few tracks other than Kingston might be on the slower side, batsmen might heave a sigh of relief while it will interesting to see how fast bowlers like Ashok Dinda, Parvinder Awana perform.

"Our bowlers know the art of taking wickets on slower surfaces. It won't be a problem," said India A skipper.


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