Pujara a ‘better player’ after Tykes stint

County Cricket

India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara feels he is a better player after his healthy stint with Yorkshire this season, saying he has learned a lot about his game, and gained valuable experience in conditions unfamiliar to him.

Pujara, who has played five matches for the Tykes this season, started off with a duck but his most recent knock was an unbeaten century. He was pleased with his efforts overall, despite not always making the most of his starts.

Pujara told Cricinfo: "I could have achieved more though as I had a few 30s where I was well set and I had the chance to get a big one. A couple of decisions didn't go my way which is a part of the game.

"Overall, I achieved my targets. The experience of playing in those conditions helped me learn a lot. The dressing room atmosphere was fantastic and I enjoyed playing for them."

Of his early season struggles, he added: "At the beginning of the season, the wickets are always difficult to bat on in the UK. I thought getting a hundred and a fifty in those conditions was really important.

"I was getting starts so I was not nervous and I didn't have issues facing seam bowling. There were a couple of really challenging wickets where batting was really difficult. I survived those conditions and it boosted my confidence.

"When you play in challenging conditions, you learn about your technique and how to score runs in difficult situations. So, the pressure makes you matured. Once you score runs in those conditions, you believe in yourself and you can do it any conditions.

"When you play Test cricket, the wickets are generally good to bat but in county cricket you get result-oriented wickets. So you bat in challenging conditions and having done that, I'm definitely a better player."