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“I’ve improved my game,” says Cheteshwar Pujara, who plans to make an India comeback by adding a sweep shot to his repertoire

<p>While the Indian squad is engaged in a fierce five-match Test series against England at home, Cheteshwar Pujara is toiling away for Saurashtra in the present Ranji Trophy season, intent on leading his local club into the knockout stages.</p>
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<p>Pujara last played for the Indian whites in June of last year, when the side lost to Australia in the ICC World Test Championship final. After the match, Pujara was benched as India refocused on up-and-coming, younger players with an eye toward the future.</p>
<p>Pujara played his 103rd Test of his remarkable career in the match. Now that he is 36, his playing style sticks out as unusual in a world where England’s “Bazball” has taken the globe by storm.</p>
<p>Even if he lost his position once again, the veteran’s enthusiasm for the game is still blazing strong. For what other reason would he add both the conventional and reverse sweep shots to his repertoire in the fall of his professional career?</p>
<p>There have been several turners in Ranji season. similar to the matchup with Rajasthan. You don’t let the bowler settle on a rank turner. Additionally, you must constantly reinvent yourself. I have created the reverse sweep and the ordinary sweep shot during the previous 18 months to 2 years. then employ them in today’s matches. If not, the bowlers will think, Oh, he’s going to take a backseat and drive. My game has improved as a result of these sweeps; it is now more all-around, Pujara told The Indian Express.</p>
<p>“On such pitches, you will be afraid to go out if you don’t trust your defense. You have to combine both assault and defense,” he said.</p>
<p>There have been hints that Pujara’s absence from England’s renowned batting lineup is being felt based on how they have pushed India during their current visit and how home batsmen have performed against spinners.</p>
<p>Despite this, Pujara handled the question well, stating that he was prepared for an India comeback at any time.</p>
<p>Being able to represent the Indian squad was my proudest moment. Nothing is more important to me than feeling proud of myself when I go the field to bat for India. There is no better feeling in the world than the conviction that you can win games for your nation and make a difference—dubbed the “X-factor” or the willingness of a player to sacrifice himself to help the team win. I’ll be prepared to play with the same pride and passion that I’ve always played with whenever the chance to represent India arises. That’s not going to change,” he said.</p>

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