While the whole of India is engulfed in the madness and fever of Indian Premier League (IPL); widely regarded as one of the best Indian batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara is warming up for his county cricket stint with Yorkshire.
India is due to tour England for a full tour of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 5 Tests from July later this year and many Indian players have made association with various counties to have an experience of playing in English conditions. Even Virat Kohli will likely turn out for Surrey in preparation for England tour, where he averages a modest 14 in Tests.
Pujara is in his fourth stint in the Championship and his second for Yorkshire. At Headingley they hope his return is an omen: when he was here in 2015 the title followed.
"They have spoken to me about that," Pujara told ESPNCricinfo. "The guys played too many shots in the last couple of seasons. They've learned from their mistakes and obviously they will try to change the way they play a little bit but at the same time one has to know their strengths and weaknesses so you still need to play according to your strength.”
Pujara continue, “It is always important to spend a lot of time at the crease, have a lot of patience when the ball is doing a lot understand the situation where you need to be a little defensive and know your time to attack because you will always have a time when the ball doesn't do much and that is where you can capitalise.”
"Sometimes I do feel that when I start leaving the ball people really don't appreciate that because of shorter formats of the game, " said Pujara. "But when I come here they understand what my role is. In the India team they do understand but I'm talking about the fans' perspective where they want to see fours and sixes. So when I come here fans they do understand the game, they do appreciate if you're leaving the ball, if the bowler is bowling well, if the conditions are challenging, they understand that you need to survive that. Then obviously, once I'm set, I always start scoring runs."