Known for his sound technique and insatiable appetite for runs, Cheteshwar Pujara believes he has it in himself to succeed Rahul Dravid at the crucial number three position in the Test side and says comparison with his childhood idol acts as a morale booster.Pujara said that it`s a big compliment for him (comparison with Dravid) because someone who has been successful in Indian cricket and someone who has been called `The Wall` of the Indian cricket, if you are compared with that person, it`s a morale booster for him and increases his confidence.Dravid is one of his childhood idols. He try and learn as many things as possible from him. Unfortunately, he has retired now but whenever he had the opportunity to play alongside Dravid, he always enjoyed his company, the way he used to guide him, the way he used to give him tips, it was always motivating for him.
Seen by many as one who could go on to be an able successor to the former great, Pujara has an average of 65 after 13 Tests having scored four centuries, including two double hundreds, and three half centuries.The 25 year old Saurashtra batsman, who has strengthened his position in the Test format, is patiently waiting for his chance to
make the ODI debut.He also added that he will get his chances soon. He is working on being a good ODI and T20 player. He started off well in the Test cricket and if he continue the way he is playing Tests, he will get his chances in the ODI format too. He just need to wait for his opportunity and he know the time will soon come.
Talking about the tough tour to South Africa beginning December this year, Pujara admitted that the three Tests and seven ODI series will be a big test of his batting but exuded confidence of performing well in challenging conditions.He have played in South Africa in 2010, so he have the exposure of playing there. He know what to expect from the Proteas team and wickets. He have some plans for it and will prepare according to it. The team will also have some plans to counter the conditions there. When Gary Kirsten was their coach, they had a decent South Africa tour where they tied the Test series. He hope they will be able to win the series this time.Pujara, who has been seen as a specialist Test batsman, welcomed the ICC`s decision to introduce the Test Championship, which will replace the 50 over Champions Trophy in the international calendar.
He then said that he is happy with the development because Test format is the ultimate format of the game. That`s the format from where cricket started. It`s a good initiative by the ICC and all the cricketers will be happy to play the Test championship. He hope India will be able to win the inaugural edition.It was disappointing for all the cricketers. He don`t know whether it was done or not but he believe all other cricketers will be questioned because of few individuals.Talking about the presence of seniors like Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the dressing room and their influence on the youngsters, Pujara said they always inspire confidence in you and help in correcting your mistakes.