Following yet another Test century, Cheteshwar Pujara credited county cricket as one of the reasons for his resurgence.
Pujara, who made 153 in India's first innings at Galle, told Cricket Next. "Playing County cricket is always challenging. So you never get easy runs. Most of the times, you are playing on challenging wickets. So as a cricketer, it teaches you a lot. You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play international cricket again, you have some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game. So playing some County games did help me.”
Pujara, who played for Northamptonshire, added, "I played about four County matches which always helps. When I have some time in between Test matches and if I am not part of the IPL, I prefer to go and play some County matches. It gives me exposure, playing in different conditions, facing different bowlers.”
Pujara, though, agreed that the hundred he made against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2015 was a better effort "As a batsman, you always want to perform well on challenging pitches. Especially when I got my 145, it was at SSC, that particular wicket was more challenging than this one. When you score a hundred on such wickets, it is more satisfying than this one. But when you are doing a job for the team, I always enjoy scoring hundreds,” he added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent