Not Playing A Warm-Up A Disadvantage Says Cheteshwar Pujara
Not having played a warm-up game ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final is a disadvantage for India, but the team is confident of performing well, said batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Tuesday. India play New Zealand in the WTC final commencing on Friday.
"It is a disadvantage but it is something we can't control. And these are different times because of the pandemic. You cannot have the luxury of extra preparation time. The most important thing is the game is still going on and we are playing the final," said Pujara, referring to not getting a practice game in England.
Pujara rued the lack of time and matches for preparation. "Preparation time is a bit of a disadvantage. But if you are ready for the challenge. Even if circumstances are not favourable, you do well. We are confident," Pujara, who was one of the heroes of India's win in Test series in Australia earlier this year, told the media.
"For bowlers, it will be important to get used to the workload. For the batsmen, it is about spending time in the middle. We have been utilising our time on the centre-wicket, with match simulation. We have had practice pitches available."