Cheteshwar Pujara unlikely to play in home ODI: M S Dhoni

Cheteshwar Pujara

"It's quite difficult when you're switching formats, from the longer format to the shorter format. Getting into the T20 version is a different challenge altogether. But as an individual, at the top level, you are supposed to stand up to the kind of challenge that's provided for you.

"It is tough, but the good thing is we have played three ODIs, which means we have got a fair amount of exposure in the format. The last game was especially good for us, the way we won a low-scoring game. But the conditions are very different out here, so let's see how it goes", Dhoni said.

"India defended a small total with aplomb in the inconsequential third and last ODI game in Delhi against Pakistan in bitterly cold conditions and the track at the newly built Stadium here appears to be full of runs.

The Ranchi-born wicketkeeper batsman, who has so far played 214 ODIs since making his debut in 2004 in Bangladesh, sounded very happy that he would be -- for the first time – playing an international game in his home town, which is hosting its first-ever ODI

"It's a big thing for me. We had an international stadium, the Keenan Stadium (Jamshedpur) where we played a few games. I think the last game we played was against England (in 2006) where we lost. But it was a beautiful stadium.

"It's very important for the local associations to have their own ground. It's a big effort from all the association from the President, the Secretary and all the people involved.

I think overall it will be nice. We'll be playing there after a long time. What we have seen in the small venues is they attract a lot of fans, who come and support good cricket.

"I think overall it will be very exciting. And also, it gets international recognition to the cities that have international stadiums. When I came it was difficult to make people understand which place or city I was from, but once we have an international venue, people outside will recognise the city quite easily. It's good for the state and very good for our city," said Dhoni.

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