NEW DELHI: Come April when the country’s top cricketers crisscross the nation for IPL, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will be starting his “homework” for India’s ‘English Test’. Pujara will be turning out for English county heavyweights Yorkshire in Division 1 with an eye on five Test series against England in August.
“I am looking forward to the county season as we will be playing Test matches in August. I was with Yorkshire in 2015 when we won the County Championship. It’s a fantastic team with good bunch of professionals, which helps me become a better cricketer,” Pujara said here on Wednesday.
According to Pujara, the most beneficial aspect will be playing county cricket at Test venues of India’s tour, which will give an idea about pitches and conditions. “Look, playing at Headingley in early English summer with temperatures around 4 or 6 degrees will test any batsman’s technique and temperament. Even scoring a 50 is tough. By the time, India tour starts, it will be bit more pleasant,” said Pujara.
“Now playing Division 1 has its advantages. I will be playing against Middlesex (Lord’s), Warwickshire (Birmingham) and Surrey (Oval) in away games, where India will play Test matches. So I will get a fair idea about the pitches and conditions,” Pujara explained further.
For Pujara, there isn’t much change technique wise from South Africa to England. “The basics will remain the same but the primary criterion of doing well is respecting conditions. Technically, it’s more or less same. “I use lighter bats when playing overseas. Also the kind of fight we put in South Africa will augur well for us in England. Maybe we could have batted a bit better but we were in with a chance in all games,” said Pujara.