Thanks to an unbeaten 158-run stand between skipper Brendon McCullum and wicketkeeper BJ Watling that helped New Zealand nose narrowly ahead, India will have to certainly bat again in this second and final Test match. The focus, hence, turned to the sort of target the visitors will be comfortable chasing during the Cheteshwar Pujara press conference. Excerpts.
On suitable target
We don’t want to chase a big target obviously, the lesser the better. But you cannot keep any targets in mind while you are bowling. We want to get them out as early as possible.
On India’s fielding
If you look at both the Test matches we have taken so many good catches. Not only on this trip, but in South Africa also, the Indian fielding has been fantastic. We have effected many run-outs and held many good catches. So you are bound to drop a few catches here and there.
On the Test so far
It has been a fantastic game so far with many turns. But we are still in a very good position. If we can get a couple of quick wickets early on tomorrow, a lot of time is available. We are happy with the way things have shaped up. We could have been happier with a couple of more wickets but we are in a good position and in with a good chance to win this Test match.
On NZ’s fightback
We have to give credit to their batsmen. The way they batted was really good. Brendon batted well and that partnership was very crucial for them. We tried our best but they were the winners in that last session. Like I said earlier, if we can get a couple early wickets then we can go through the tail-enders. The pitch is getting better by the day. Our bowlers did a very good job and bowled in the right areas. They didn’t allow them to score many runs, which is a good sign for us.
On his form
I have learnt from my mistakes. My only regret is the first innings’ dismissal in the first Test match where I played a really bad shot. But apart from that I got a good ball in the second innings there (Auckland) and here also, in the first innings I got a very good ball.
On his Asia Cup call-up
I am confident of playing the ODI format well. It is just that I need to get a couple good scores in that format. I have done really well in the domestic matches I have played.