India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said it was 'a pleasure to watch' veteran Sachin Tendulkar score an unbeaten century on day two of the first Test against Australia, and regretted not being able to stick with him.
India were in trouble on 12 for two when the pair joined forces, and they put on 93 together, with Tendulkar ending the day on 71 not out, showing signs of his previous best form as he inched towards his first Test ton in two years.
Pujara said: "Sachin, when he got to bat, he was on the mark facing the first ball itself and hit three boundaries in the first over itself. So, he was looking positive. I have not seen him in such a kind of positive mindset. It was really pleasure watching him.
"I think I have seen him bat in the nets and the way he was timing the ball was different. I have seen him even in the England series in the nets.
"Unfortunately, he did not get runs in the England series. The way he was batting at the nets there was nothing wrong. He was timing the ball well and even in the camp at Bangalore before we came here, his batting was a pleasure to watch."
He added of their 93-run partnership: "It was very important for us to make a partnership and it was really crucial. During the partnership we were talking about how the ball was moving and at times reverse swinging. Such communication was really important when we were batting."
Pujara was disappointed at going out with his score on 44, but was pleased with being able to help the recovery, saying: "I was set and things were going smoothly for us.
"But unfortunately, I got out at the wrong time. Still we are in a good position. I am happy about it and I have also contributed at the right time."