It's a misconception that I am suited only to Tests, says Cheteshwar Pujara

With the new season on the horizon, Cheteshwar Pujara has an opportunity to hit the ground running with the series of three four-day matches against West Indies A. He will, of course, be one of the stars to watch in the series, but also has a chance to lead Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, all members of the India A team.

updated: September 22, 2013 11:22 IST
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It's a little over a year since Cheteshwar Pujara made a comeback to the Indian team after a horrific knee injury kept him out for a majority of the 2011-12 season. With senior players like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retiring, India's search for a reliable No. 3 meant Pujara got his chance against New Zealand in August 2012. That he grabbed the opportunity with both hands and hasn't looked back since is common knowledge now.

Pujara has already scored four centuries and two fifties in ten Test matches in the last one year and averages 65.55 from 13 outings so far. While it is safe to assume he has done enough to be regarded as a regular member in the Test side, Pujara has remained focussed on the present.

Having led India A on a tour to South Africa in July-August this year, Pujara felt the tour provided him with valuable insights into the art of captaincy, which he can put to good use as captain of India A against West Indies A over the next few days.

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