Scores | Images | Day 1 Report | Highlights
At a press conference on Thursday, the Saurashtra youngster said the preparations helped him counter the New Zealand attack with aplomb.
The following are excerpts:
If he’s satisfied with the showing
Obviously… I’m really happy. It was a dream to start off like this. I wanted to score a hundred on my debut. But somehow I missed it, and so, I am really satisfied that I got my maiden hundred now.
Batting at No.3, the slot vacated by Rahul Dravid
I don’t think I can replace Rahul Dravid because he is a legend... He has more than 10,000 runs in both the formats. It’s impossible to replace him. I just wanted to play my natural game. I wasn’t under any kind of pressure as I had prepared myself for this and I knew what was coming. I think it’s my preparation that has helped me score these runs.
His feelings when walking in at No.3
I knew I could bat at No. 3. So my preparation was up to the mark. I’ve batted at No. 3 for Saurashtra. At times I opened for (my employers) Indian Oil Corporation. So I have enough experience batting up the order.
Getting into the Nervous Nineties
At times you come under pressure, but I think things went really well for me. The wicket was really slow after lunch. We had to wait for a while... The outfield was slow, too. We had to wait for the loose balls. I was happy with the way I paced my innings…
Getting bogged down at 95 for a while
At times it becomes frustrating… You have to have some patience. That’s what Test cricket is all about… I was mentally tough to handle those situations.
The six off Williamson
Even in the domestic format, I have hit many sixes. It’s just the saying that I don’t hit many sixes. My game has been quite aggressive for the last three-four years. It’s just that people say that I’m more suitable to Test format, but I play many shots.
The partnership with Virat Kohli
We had a conversation and he was asking how the ball was doing... Initial plan was to build up the partnership and then capitalise from there.
His eventful journey so far
Once you go through a difficult period, you become mentally tough… The hunger for the game becomes a little more intense. I had twice suffered injuries.
I was out of the game for almost a year. It’s been a frustrating time for me and my family... My father had a bypass surgery… Somewhere in my heart I knew that I would make a comeback in the game I love the most.
If he wants to dedicate this innings to anyone
I would like to dedicate this to my father. He has been working with me since I was a child. Even he had gone through some tough times...He’s still coaching me. So, I’m very thankful to him. I would like to dedicate this to my father and my mother.
His target now
I think the first target is to put on 400 on the board. Individually, if I can score a double hundred that would be great... But the initial target would be to pile up 400.
The India U-19 making the final of the World Cup
I wish them good luck and hope that India wins the final.
I can’t replace Dravid: Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara said he never felt any pressure when batting at No.3.The Telegraph – Fri 24 Aug, 2012 11:36 AM IST
Scores | Images | Day 1 Report | Highlights
- No live matches are in progress.
MORE TOP STORIES TODAY
[ROUND-UP]: CSK players involved? | 'Gurunath bet on three CSK matches' | Pepsi mulls pullout More » IPL Spot Fixing: Chennai disown Gurunath Meiyappan
Thanks to the format of the IPL, Mumbai Indians still have a chance to qualify for the final. More » Mumbai look to make most of second chance
PepsiCo didn't confirm or deny if it was considering invoking a clause to look at a possible exit from its title sponsorship. More » Spot fixing: Pepsi mulls pulling out of IPL
Three Chennai Super Kings players, one of them quite senior, were in touch with Vindoo Dara Singh during the ongoing T20 season. More » Three Chennai players 'linked' to spot-fixing probe
[SPOT-FIXING ROUND-UP]: Meiyappan finally surfaces | Rauf dropped from ICC event More » ICC drops tainted Rauf from Champions Trophy
Pakistan could manage only a tie in the first ODI against Ireland at a bitterly cold Clontarf after Kevin O'Brien hit the last ball of the match for four. More » Kevin O'Brien gives Ireland thrilling tie with Pakistan
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid said dealing with the spot-fixing allegations surrounding his team in the IPL has been one of the toughest phases of his career. More » 'Dealing with spot-fixing has been tough'
Australian Test batsman David Warner has said that the Indian players caught in the IPL spot-fixing scandal should be banned from cricket. More » Warner calls for ban on IPL spot-fixers
Misbah ul-Haq has told his Pakistan team they must improve in all three departments ahead of Sunday's series decider with Ireland. More » All-round improvement needed: Misbah
Akhtar said that he doesn’t understand why Pakistani officials — umpires and coaching staff — are welcome in IPL while players have been kept out. More » Akhtar appalled by double standards
Cook believes Headingley will be far from the bowling-friendly ground of old when the second Test against New Zealand starts at Yorkshire's headquarters on Friday. More » Cook expects hard work at Headingley
Sunrisers Hyderabad came up short against Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator here but their inaugural Indian Premier League campaign was a successful one, their captain Cameron White has said. More » 'Sunrisers can be proud of their effort'
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid hinted at retiring from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after this season. More » Dravid to hang up gloves for good?
He was ruled out after doubts over his ability to last a five-day match. More » Vettori out of second Test against England
Arrested Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila had received Rs.12 lakh for spot fixing in IPL 2012 matches, Delhi Police said Thursday. More » Chandila spot fixed in 2012 IPL: Police
England captain Alastair Cook found himself being quizzed about the star batsman in Leeds on the eve of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley. More » Absent KP puts pressure on England
Delhi Police contacted their counterparts in Mumbai seeking details about the articles seized from the hotel where Sreesanth stayed, said a police official. More » Delhi Police seek details of seizures
Result: embarrassment in one dressing room, and one set of flabbergasted bookies. More » A T20 match both teams wanted to lose
He facilitated others in Bollywood in placing bets with bookies he knew. More » Vindoo spills the beans on Bollywood
Royals will meet Mumbai Indian in the second qualifier. More » Hodge blinder floors Sunrisers
On the eve of the last edition of the Champions Trophy, set to begin within a week in England, Indian cricket is again mired in the fixing controversy. More » Will 'Champions' win back the fans?
Decision will save the Sahara Group a lot of money. More » Pune withdrawal a smart business move
Sachin Tendulkar will not take further part in the Indian Premier League owing to an injury on his left hand, his team Mumbai Indians said Wednesday. More » Tendulkar out of IPL with hand injury
David Warner regretted not keeping a lid on his outrage but maintained he had to defend himself after his image was used in a report condemning the IPL. More » Warner defends self for Twitter rant
Sports minister Jitendra Singh, however, wants that there should be certain minimum level of transparency and accountability that federations like the Indian cricket board need to ensure. More » Government wants BCCI to be transparent
Was Sreesanth planning to start betting houses in India and abroad? More » Revealed: Sreesanth's betting company
The BCCI blamed Sahara Adventure Sports Limited for the failure of the arbitration and said it "cannot be held responsible" for the breakdown of the process. More » Sahara to blame for arbitration failure
New Zealand's Daniel Vettori is on the verge of making a dramatic return to Test cricket as the Black Caps bid for a series-levelling win against England at Headingley. More » Vettori set for dramatic Test recall
England will look to seal a series win over New Zealand in the second and final test starting at Headingley on Friday before turning their attention to Australia in July. More » England eye NZ Test series win
Usman Khawaja says he is desperate to emerge from the periphery and consolidate a regular spot in the Australian team for this year's Ashes series against England. More » Khawaja looks to nail down Test spot
Coach Stephen Fleming credited his Chennai Super Kings' success to correct team selection and the loyalty the franchise has shown to the players. More » 'Selection key to Chennai's success'
It is his role in keeping some dubious cricketers suspected of match fixing outside the team. More » The feat Sachin never got praise for
New Zealand's Neil Wagner said Wednesday he wanted to make England's batsmen "hate him" and "get in their face" as the Black Caps look to square the Test series with victory at Headingley. More » Wagner wants England to 'hate him'
Joe Root said England would look to carry on from where they left off against New Zealand at Lord's during the second Test at his Headingley home ground. More » 'England can build on Lord's success'
Australian batsman David Warner was Wednesday found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour over a Twitter tirade at two journalists and fined Aus$5,750 (US$5,608). More » David Warner fined for Twitter outburst
Chennai defeat Mumbai by 48 runs in the first Qualifier at Kotla. More » Kings boss their way to fifth IPL final
LEEDS, United Kingdom, May 22, 2013 (AFP) - New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling was ruled out Wednesday of the second and final Test against England at Headingley starting Friday. More » New Zealand's Watling out of second Test
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka left-arm fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy starting in England and Wales next month with an ankle injury. Welegedara will be replaced … More » Welegedara out of Champions Trophy
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia are rightly underdogs for the upcoming Ashes series in England but will do everything they can to bring the coveted urn back home, skipper Michael Clarke … More » Underdogs ready for Ashes scrap: Clarke
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Pune Warriors India, owned by Sahara India Pariwar, pulled out of the already scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday and announced that they will not renew their sponsorship … More » Sahara pulls out of IPL
India's apex court asks the Board to clean up the gentleman's game. More » Supreme Court raps 'lackadaisical' BCCI
One of the SunRisers' key bowlers, Ishant was nowhere to be seen and team officials said he was still down with fever. More » Ishant doubtful for win-or-go home clash
Starting off as the team's first-choice wicketkeeper, a string of poor performances with the bat saw Patel being dropped. More » Parthiv glad to have peaked at right time
New Delhi, May 22 -- More than 13 years after he headed the probe into match-fixing in cricket, former Indian Police Service officer Ravi N Sawani has been approached by the Board of Control for Cricket … More » BCCI falls back on tried and tested Sawani
Imran, who has been fitted with a spinal brace to aid recovery, fell from a fork-lift taking him to a poll campaign podium on May 7. More » Imran Khan discharged from hospital
[SPOT-FIXING ROUND-UP] Actor Vindoo Dara Singh arrested. More » Court extends Sreesanth's custody
Clarke has thrown his support behind Warner, saying he could still captain Australia despite facing a disciplinary hearing over a Twitter rant. More » Warner has Clarke's backing
England named an unchanged squad for the second Test against New Zealand at Headlingley, after batsman Ian Bell and spin bowler Graeme Swann both overcame illness. More » Bell, Swann fit for second NZ Test
He might be a bad boy, but he wasn’t a bad bowler. More » Let down by his own character
Corruption in cricket is as old as the apathy of the sport's administrators. More » [VOX] Crime and lack of punishment