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“I want to help my team with part-time bowling”
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has revealed that he has been enhancing his bowling skills in order to add one more useful asset to his overall game.
Despite averaging 54.57 in List A matches, Pujara has only represented India in two ODIs to date and this has caused former captain Sunil Gavaskar to accuse the national selectors of “favouritism”.
“I have also started bowling in nets so that I can contribute as a part-time bowler,” Pujara told PTI. “I want to help my team with part-time bowling if the captain wants me to. I am looking to bring improvement in my game, most important being playing on the rise. I am targeting specific areas, which include analysis of my batting and what mistakes I am committing in the middle. It will help me in the longer run.”
Pujara believes he can really kickstart his limited overs career if he performs well with the Kings XI Punjab during the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“If I can prove myself in the IPL, I am confident that I can get success in ODIs too,” Pujara said. “I had played a couple of good innings for my last franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, which proved that I have the talent to excel in the shortest format also. It’s all about getting more opportunities in the coming future. I am looking forward to have a successful IPL.”
Pujara also admitted that he has started working on his bowling now so that he will look more promising to the national selectors when the 2015 World Cup comes around.
“I do like to play one-day format,” he told Star Sports in January. “Especially with the 2015 World Cup coming up, I hope I get a chance to play in that team. As a cricketer, everybody dreams to play the World Cup for India and when I was playing one of the Ranji games India won the 2011 World Cup, and we all were following the game and we felt really proud on India winning the World Cup. And when you have the opportunity of serving the country and be part of the team it will be a different feeling. And there are a few things I am working on to be part of the one-day team.”