Cheteshwar Pujara says India not scarred by pink-ball ‘disaster’ in Australia as they prepare to face England

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Source : Sky Sports

Cheteswhar Pujara says India will not carry any scars from the “disaster” of 36 all out in the pink-ball Test in Australia earlier this winter into their day-night clash with England in Ahmedabad. India were bundled out for their lowest-ever Test score in Adelaide in December, lasting just 21.2 overs in their second innings of the first Test as they crashed to an eight-wicket defeat, before rallying throughout the rest of the series to complete a famous 2-1 series win Down Under.

“We were playing in Australia and the ball was seaming around a lot. We had one bad session – one and a half hours of poor batting led us to a disaster.” Pujara said. “But I felt overall that if you look in the first innings in the Australia Test match we were still in a dominant position.”

“Here we are playing in our own, familiar conditions. The ball is also different. We are very confident we will put up a good show.” he added. “We will not try and look back at what has happened in the past. We like to be in the present and focus on our preparations.”

“In challenging conditions, whenever the ball is seaming around a bit, it is helpful to have that experience, whether it’s the technical or mental aspect. That experience will be helpful to me in this game.” Pujara continued. “Most of our young cricketers have played some cricket overseas and some have played in the northern part of India where the ball swings around and there is a little bit of seam movement.”

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