Sachin's Innings Was Best of the Three: Pujara

Sachin's Innings Was Best of the Three: Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara today said more than his and Rohit Sharma's centuries, it was Sachin Tendulkar's dazzling array of strokes in his farewell knock of 74 that stood out, considering the pressure under which he scored those runs.

"I would say that Sachin's knock was the best of three innings. You have to understand the situation where he was playing his last game in Mumbai. There was a lot of pressure of expectations on him and it was difficult to concentrate out there in the middle with the crowd making such a noise. It wasn't easy to stay calm in such a situation," Pujara (113), who put on a 148-run stand with Tendulkar said at the post-match press conference.

Pujara said it was an "amazing feeling" to be batting along side Tendulkar in what could be his last innings in international cricket.

"It was amazing to score those runs in such a situation. When I made my half-century on Test debut, he (Tendulkar) was at the other end, so it was an amazing feeling today (to be his last batting partner in international cricket)."

Asked to elaborate on Tendulkar's technical inputs, Pujara said, "I was not batting well at the nets and generally struggling to play the outswingers. Tendulkar watched my batting and said that my right shoulder was opening up a bit. He advised me to get a bit side-on and have a little bigger stride to counter the swing.

"I tried working on his tips after my regular net session and it helped. In fact, not only me, in my 15 Tests for India, I have seen how all the youngsters have benefitted from Sachin paaji's advice."

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