India ‘A’ captain Cheteshwar Pujara stated that having established players in the team can prove of great value, and recalled his experience of playing with stalwarts in the West Zone squad.
“I remember playing for West Zone when there were big names like Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan. I observed things like how they practiced, how they prepared for a game, the kind of fitness routines they had before a game etc. These were important things that I learnt by being alongside them,” he said, on the eve of the second ‘Test’ against the West Indies ‘A’ here.
Asked about the inclusion of Zaheer, and the Delhi duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Pujara said: “It is a positive thing for the side. They are the kind of players who can guide all the youngsters. The seniors do not have to prove anything to anyone, but it is a good opportunity to prove something to themselves.”
Talking about Zaheer, in particular, the skipper said: “When a player is out of the team, he comes back with a vengeance.”
Call on Sehwag
Pujara mentioned that the team would take a call on fielding Sehwag in the XI tomorrow; Sehwag was hit on the right index finger at the nets on Tuesday.
The rival skipper Kirk Edwards too made his ambitions clear.
“I was hoping that I did not have to play this series to get back into international cricket. I was hoping to be playing international cricket all along,” he said with a smile.