Pujara pushing for ODI berth

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Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is confident of being named in India's squad for next year's World Cup in Australasia.

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is confident of being named in India's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Pujara, who has gathered an impressive Test record since October 2010's debut against Australia in Bangalore, has accrued just two ODIs.

Opportunity to impress will continue in Bangladesh and England later this year, when the right-hander will push for selection ahead of next year's ODI showpiece in Australasia.

"I am focusing on improving my cricket. First thing that is coming up is the England series and let's see how it goes. Maybe even the Bangladesh series is there, so I am very hopeful I will be part of the ODI side," he told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>.

Five of the 26-year-old's six Test centuries have been garnered in India, while last year's majestic 153 against the South Africans at the Wanderers in Johannesburg characterised an outstanding ability to score plenty of runs abroad.

"I have a reasonable record playing in South Africa and New Zealand. Obviously, I didn't get as many runs in New Zealand but overall I think I played reasonably well," he concluded.

Pujara is currently playing for the Kings XI Punjab in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.

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