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Before the SA tour, Pujara shouted, said – we are able to deal with South African pacers


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India’s tour of South Africa will begin with the Boxing-Day Test. South African pitch is perfect for pace bowling. In such a situation, middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says that Indian players are capable of handling the movement.

Pujara said the recent overseas victories have boosted India’s confidence and its impact will be visible in the three-Test series starting Sunday. BCCI posted a video on its Twitter handle in which Pujara said, “When you go on a foreign tour you know there will be pace and bounce and the ball will move at the last minute.” It is always a big challenge to face fast bowlers outside India.

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Pujara said, “Most (Indian) players have played in South Africa in the past. This is an experienced team and we know what is expected of us in terms of preparation. Teams perform well in their home conditions and the South African team is no exception. He has the best bowling attack and it has always been challenging to face one of the best fast bowlers.

India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating Australia 2-1 in the four-match series earlier in the year. He then held a 2–1 lead against England in four matches on his soil. The fifth test of this series could not be done due to Covid-19 infection.

Pujara has not been able to perform consistently since 2020. He scored his last century in January 2019 in Australia. He scored two half-centuries in the last 10 innings, but he knows how to bat in South African conditions. “When I came here in 2011, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were at their peak. I visited here in 2013 and 2017 also and so know how to bat here.

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