Cracks will open up tomorrow: Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar PujaraCheteshwar Pujara looks up as he raises his bat after reaching 150 runs during the second innings on the fourth day of their cricket test match against South Africa at Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. AP/PTI

Cheteshwar Pujara may have missed out in the first innings, but his 153 in the second made up for it. In the post match interaction, he talked about the match situation, India's plan of attack for the last day and his approach during his time at the crease.

On India's bowling

We are happy with the two wickets we have got and the way they have come. The conditions will be a little more difficult tomorrow. We have got enough runs on board. But it's important for us to get a few wickets in the first session so that we can capitalise later on.

On the wicket

The wicket has variable bounce and we have seen cracks opening up. We are expecting that we will get more movement tomorrow from the ball that will hit the cracks. Even while I was batting in the morning I felt that the odd ball was going up and down.

On his 153

I knew the start was important. Initially, I was trying to look through the conditions as the ball was new and was doing a bit. I was patient and waited for the opportunity to accelerate. I was trying to play the ball as late as possible trying to watch the ball till it hit the bat so that whenever there was variable bounce, I could play accordingly. So, it was important to see through the new ball and then play my shorts.

On dealing with pace

I think we have. There were a lot of talk about this tour, especially the Indian batsmen not doing well overseas but everybody took the responsibility and did it as a unit. It was an important innings for me as well because I wanted to score runs in SA, considering the conditions here a little difficult. But I think it is still early and we need to do a lot. It is a very good start for us considering the position we are in. So, we just have to take confidence from it and look to gain from whatever we have achieved in this match and carry forward from this.

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