Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 03:50 AM IST

'Not worried about my form', says Cheteshwar Pujara

Updated: Jul 29, 2016 12:01 IST

Kingston, July 29 (ANI):Ahead of the second Test against West Indies, Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has brushed aside concerns about his form, saying he is not worried as long as he is contributing well to the team's success.

Pujara, however, admitted that he played some bad shots in the opening match and, therefore, he is looking forward to work on his shortcomings ahead of the next Test.

"Not really worried, overall I have been batting well. At times, you have to be realistic and see the contribution rather than worrying about whether I am getting hundreds or big double hundreds. It's always about contributing to the team's success. Overall, I feel I am batting well without worrying too much about it. And at the same time, I realised I played a bad shot in the last Test match when I was looking good. I did the hard work in the first session when the ball was moving. Obviously, I played a bad shot and there are things to learn from that particular game. Overall the team did well and I am really happy with the way things are going," Pujara, who got dismissed for mere 16 runs in the Antigua Test, said.

Downplaying the concerns about the wicket in Jamaica, the 28-year-old believes that India would surely whitewash the series if they play to their full potential.

"I haven't played a game here, but looking at the wicket at present it is difficult to predict what kind of pitch it will be. Overall, as a team, we have been playing good cricket and that is what we will look to do. We won't be worried too much about the wicket and I think if we play to our potential there is a good chance of winning the series," he added.

Stating that his side is fully charged up for the upcoming match, Pujara insisted they are looking at one game at a time in their quest to become the number one Test team.

"The first aim is to win the series and obviously we would like to win all the Test matches. But one Test match at a time and we will be focussing on winning this Test. We have a positive environment and all the guys are charged up for this test match. We have a simple goal, we want to win it. So, that's the target currently, starting from the second Test, but the goal is to win the series. Going ahead we want to be the number one test team in the world," said Pujara.

Pujara also expressed his views on his side's biggest win outside Asia by an innings and 92 runs that also saw the visitors take one-nil lead in the four-match series against the Caribbean side.

Lavishing praise on Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra's performance in the lower-order, Pujara called on his side to continue the same momentum in the remaining Tests as well.

"We just need to continue the things which we have been doing well. There have been many partnerships in the last game. In particular, Ashwin batted well and Amit Mishra did well. So, even the top-order is doing well and there are contributions from the lower-order, which is a positive sign from the team," he said.

Ashwin smashed a blistering knock of 113 runs besides claiming a seven-wicket haul while Mishra contributed modest 53 runs in his side's innings.

The two sides will play their next match at Sabina Park in Jamaica from Saturday. (ANI)

Mumbai [India], Mar. 22 (ANI): India's top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are the latest names to be elevated to Grade A of the Annual Players Contracts following their stellar performances in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia.

Full Story >>

Scotland to host Zimbabwe for two ODIs in June

Updated: Mar 22, 2017 19:42 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.22 (ANI): Scotland is all set to host Zimbabwe for a two-match ODI series in June this year, the Cricket Scotland has confirmed the news.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar. 22 (ANI): India's top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are the latest names to be elevated to Grade A of the Annual Players Contracts, after their stellar performances in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], Mar.22 (ANI): Manchester United star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that his differences with the then Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola continues to drive him on.

Full Story >>

Vettel names his 2017 Ferrari F1 car as 'Gina'

Updated: Mar 22, 2017 17:37 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.22 (ANI): Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has continued his tradition of naming his Formula One car for the upcoming season.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar.22 (ANI): The BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) has issued a clarification to what it describes to be as "misconceived" media reports suggesting that the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and the Gujarat Cricket Association have been selected as the only full members of the BCCI from Maharashtra and Gujarat respectively.

Full Story >>

Wawrinka backs Federer to become oldest No.1

Updated: Mar 22, 2017 15:11 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.22 (ANI): French tennis star Stan Wawrinka has backed eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to become the oldest player in history to seal the world number one spot at the age of 35.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hit out at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over the ongoing probe into Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal, stating that it is solely their domain to investigate the players involved in any 'wrongdoings'.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Mar. 22 (ANI): Expecting the pitch in Dharamsala to favour the pace bowlers, former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes Steve Smith-led side wil; be more confident compared to the India who will be 'little nervous' for the series decider, beginning Saturday.

Full Story >>

Rooney likely to return to Everton this summer

Updated: Mar 22, 2017 13:29 IST

London [UK], Mar. 22 (ANI): Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is likely to make a return to his boyhood club Everton this summer.

Full Story >>

Hamilton [New Zealand], Mar.22 (ANI): New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has insisted that his side will not dwell on their second Test defeat to South Africa and instead look forward to perform at their menacing best in the last match of the series as it could define their season.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Mar. 22 (ANI): Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has said that India were scared of losing the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy after their unexpected loss in Pune and that's why they started with verbal confrontations with the visitors.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 22 (ANI): India Gaming Conclave, an initiative aimed to be an annual event for the stakeholders to converge and discuss on working towards a legalized and regulated gaming industry in India was launched in New Delhi on March 17. The event was aimed at educating and creating awareness on all aspects of gaming.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 22 (ANI): Kick boxing, like any other sport in India, is making its recognition courtesy junior champion Tajamul Islam, who made the country proud last year by winning the gold medal at the world Kickboxing Championship of under-eight players in Italy's Andria region.

Full Story >>

Bastian Schweinsteiger to join Chicago Fire

Updated: Mar 22, 2017 10:14 IST

Manchester [UK], Mar. 22 (ANI): Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is all set to join Chicago Fire as a deal has been agreed between the club and the player.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 22 (ANI): Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has thrown his weight behind Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was recently compared by an Australian daily with US President Donald Trump.

Full Story >>

Wellington [New Zealand], Mar. 22 (ANI): South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and New Zealand pacer Trent Boult both are in doubt for the third and the final Test beginning March 25 at Seddon Park as both are suffering from an injury.

Full Story >>

BCCI and CA to partner for Exchange Programs

Updated: Mar 21, 2017 20:02 IST

Mumbai [India],Mar.21 (ANI): The National Cricket Academy (NCA) has undertaken an initiative to conduct a refresher course for the existing accredited coaches of BCCI in conjunction with Cricket Australia.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], Mar.21 (ANI): Conor McGregor, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, has vowed to shock the boxing world by defeating unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather in a potential fight, whose deal the former claims is `very close` to being confirmed.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar. 21 (ANI): Following Sri Lanka's first ever Test loss to Bangladesh, a newspaper in the country has published an obituary for Sri Lankan cricket.

Full Story >>