"I Don't Play International Cricket To Silence My Critics": Cheteshwar Pujara

Updated: 27 December 2018 15:56 IST

Cheteshwar Pujara said that it is always challenging playing abroad as a batsman.

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 17th Test century on Thursday in Melbourne. © AFP

Cheteshwar Pujara was in the limelight for scoring his 17th Test century during the ongoing Melbourne Test against Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara's ton on Thursday was his second of the four-match Test series and that certainly has silenced the Saurashtra batsman's critics, some of whom earlier this year wanted him dropped from the Indian Test side. But all that criticism isn't getting into Pujara's head. At the press conference at the end of Day Two, he made it clear that he doesn't play international cricket to silence his critics.

"Well, when I play international cricket, I don't play to silence anyone, I just need to keep scoring runs and that is what I love to do. I don't want to get into all such things,” Pujara said.

“My job is to score runs and I'll keep doing that, whether its home or away. Sometimes you get criticised and you just have to accept it. But if India keep winning, ultimately everyone is happy.

So is Pujara relieved that he has added two away centuries to his repository of milestones? "Well, can't say I am relieved because I always knew I can score runs. It is always good to get those hundreds. It was a perception that I always score runs at home. But India play a lot of Test matches at home, I have always said that. Sometimes, things become really difficult, especially when you are on an overseas tour. It's not easy to score runs.

“Yes, as a batsman it is always challenging when you are playing abroad," he said.

Highlights
  • Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 17th Test century on Thursday
  • Pujara has now scored two centuries in the ongoing Test series
  • Pujara has now gone past Sourav Ganguly's record of 16 Test centuries
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