Wherever you play, the whole batting order needs to take responsibility, says Cheteshwar Pujara

This series is not the first Test trip to South Africa for either Cheteshwar Pujara or Murali Vijay. They had toured South Africa in 2010-11, but it was not a memory that would have lingered long to both of them. The duo could not do much back then, totalling 59 runs in five innings between them. Since then, however, they have come a long way.

updated: December 12, 2013 23:29 IST
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Benoni: The Indian batting line-up has been exposed to the hilt in the ODI series against South Africa, but top-order batsmen Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said they would prefer to go into the Test series beginning December 18 with an uncluttered mind and stick to the basics.

"I think you got to keep it simple because already there is a lot of talk going around. You got to go out there and be free in your mind and just see the ball and play, that's the basic plan, as simple as that," said Vijay, who was sent early to acclimatise with the South African conditions, along with Pujara, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha and Wriddhiman Saha.

"We came early and I have watched a couple games on television, especially the first one at Wanderers. So I know what to expect," said Vijay, talking about India's 0-2 ODI series drubbing, ahead of the team's two-day practice game against a South African Invitational XI beginning here on Friday.

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