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Dravid told me to play county cricket: Pujara

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Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 13:44 [IST]
 
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Derby (England), Sep 9: India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will make his county debut today when he walks out to play for Derbyshire against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

Pujara signed up to play for Derbyshire this season after the Test series against England. The right-handed batsman will be available for three county matches for Derbyshire.

'Dravid told me to play county cricket'

"I'm looking forward to a good few weeks with Derbyshire. I've been to Derby before during India's Test warm-up match in July. I love Derby because it's a small town; there's a quietness about it that I like," Pujara told Derbyshire's website yesterday (September 8).

"When I was here with India, we had a conversation about staying here to play and I am really happy that it has worked out," he added.

Pujara said playing for Derby suits him. "Playing in Derby seems to suit me and I got 81 here this summer. The wicket is a little bit slower than others in England but it has good seam movement and bounce in it, so I'm excited to play the last game at The 3aaa County Ground in front of the Derbyshire crowd," he said.

The batsman revealed that Rahul Dravid had advised him to play county cricket.

"I had a conversation with Rahul Dravid, who people say I play similar to, when we were here in Derby in July. He said he had nice memories of playing county cricket and that it was a great experience for his career.

"He said I should definitely play county cricket if I get the chance and I'm happy to now get that chance with Derbyshire, who have been fantastic.

"I can't wait to get going," he signed off.

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