Vastavam web: He is expected to play a major role during next year’s tour of South Africa and Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that the upcoming Sri Lanka series will give him a “good opportunity” to prepare for the tough assignment ahead.”Obviously, next year’s South Africa series is something that is there at the back of my mind. The upcoming Sri Lanka series will be a good opportunity to prepare for the South Africa assignment. I am confident of doing well,” Pujara told PTI during an interaction.Asked if he is keen doing some special preparations for the bouncy pitches of South Africa, Pujara replied:”Like every series, I will be doing my own homework. There are a a few areas that I will like to work in the nets before the series.
Those are very specific things but it will be unfair to reveal them as that’s a part of the strategy.” Pujara had a fantastic outing against Sri Lanka few months back with scores of 153 and 133 in the first two Tests at Galle and Colombo.”Also every series is a new series. Your intensity does not change according to the opposition you play. Sri Lanka is also an international side and you have to give them the same respect like any other team,” said the 29-year-old, who has scored 4107 runs in 51 Tests with 13 hundreds.Recently, Pujara went through a lean patch in first-class cricket nine successive innings in first-class cricket (which includes four County matches for Northamptonshire) without a half-century — but not for once was he worried as he felt good while batting.The 204 against Jharkhand made him the Indian batsman with most number of double hundreds (12) in first-class cricket surpassing the legendary late Vijay Merchant (11).
Late Vijay Hazare (11 double tons), Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid (10 each) are behind him now.”Actually, I didn’t know about the record while I was batting. I only came to know about it once second day’s play was over. I got a few text messages and came to know that it was a national record. It was a good feeling indeed knowing that there are some great players on that list.” Ask him if he can copy Kohli’s flamboyant style of batsmanship, Pujara said that it is not the best thing to do