Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have been giving me pointers on Test cricket, says Cheteshwar Pujara

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Pujara’s confidence is at an all-time high thanks to his brilliant form in Test cricket

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is usually known for its glitz and glamour, the entertaining cricket and now as the breeding ground for corrupt activities, but India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has put his time with the Royals Challengers Bangalore to good use by receiving some pointers from West Indian big-hitter Chris Gayle and flamboyant South African batsman AB de Villiers on the best way to capitalise on a good start in Test cricket.

Pujara noted that the idea of having players from a range of countries and backgrounds was absolutely outstanding since it allowed everyone in the side to understand different cultures and furthermore, it gives youngsters a chance to play alongside their idols and heroes.

“It is great to share dressing room with AB and Gayle. I have been learning a lot from them,” Pujara said. “AB is one of them who has been guiding me since last year, which has helped in Test format as well.

“Even Chris has been helping me. Whenever there is something wrong with my batting, Chris has always come to me to sort out wrongs.”

Pujara, who has been referred to as the next Rahul Dravid in Test cricket, admitted that the change to Twenty20 cricket has been challenging.

“You have to be innovative,” he said. “In T20 format the team gets to play 120 balls and hence you have to be calculative and play according to situations.”

The Indian batsman, who recently scored a double century against Australia, revealed that his confidence levels has skyrocketed thanks to his outstanding form with the bat in the longest format of the game.

“I have improved,” Pujara said. “I started off well this season by making half century for RCB in my very first game. That gave me confidence and hope to continue doing the good work.”

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