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Cheteshwar Pujara believes ‘best opportunity’ for India to win maiden test series in South Africa


Barring their inability to win an ICC event in the last 3 -4 years, India has had a phenomenal outing in all formats of the game. What has been a striking difference between the earlier and present Indian strength is the quality of pacers. India always had the batters to shine the team, but now the fast bowlers are making their presence felt on seaming and overcast conditions, something which India wasn’t able to do during the times of Ganguly, Nehra, and Tendulkar.

Cheteshwar Pujara has played some crucial knocks over the years for Team India. The batsman often criticized for his defensive batting helped the Indian side to win their maiden test series in Australia. The batsman may be going through a rough patch at the moment but has helped in bits and pieces during the last two years. His partnership of more than 150 runs with Rohit Sharma in the 4th test match versus England played a pivotal role in India coming back into the test match and ultimately winning it.

“This is the best opportunity for us to win our first series in South Africa. So all of us are looking forward to it.”  Pujara said in a video released by the BCCI.

The batsman said that their bowlers have done exceptionally well in seaming conditions like in Australia and New Zealand and there is no reason why they will not be able to do the same in South Africa too. India surprised the cricketing world when their depleted side won the test series in Australia earlier this year. India won the deciding match at the Gabba, which had been the fortress for 33 years for Australia. India has never won a Test series in South Africa, however without the likes of Faf Du Plessis, AB Devillers, and Dale Steyn who have now retired from the game, India fancy their chances to create a history.

The marquee South African tour is finally taking place under the clouds of Covid. Quinton De Kock is expected to be unavailable for the last test match as he is expecting the arrival of his baby. The first test match will start from 26th December.

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