ICC WTC Final: “It’s a dream for all of us to win WTC” says Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara underlined that World Test Championship (WTC) is like Test World Cup. Winning it is like a dream for India. He also reflected on India's tours of Australia.

Ace India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara while interacting with cricket.com stated that winning WTC is like a dream for all Indian players. Pujara feels that WTC is like the World Cup of Tests.

“It’s a dream for all of us because WTC is indeed the World Cup of Test format and we all would like to win this trophy,” Pujara told.

The right-handed batsman with a batting average of 46.6 said that India’s last tour to Australia, Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 which India won by 2-1 margin, winning it was a huge achievement as a team given the circumstances.

“Any tour of Australia is always a big challenge and very important for us. In that sense, the 2018 win was the most special. And then, of course, our last series win was also very special because the team was relatively weak as some of the senior players were not there and some of them were injured and not available for all the matches. As a team, it was a huge achievement and personally, it was very satisfying,” he said.

Pujara has played 85 Test matches and scored 6244, was the second-highest scorer for India on India’s tour of Australia 2020-21 with 271 runs.

Pujara concluded by saying that one can’t dwell on past glory and has to start from zero for every new challenge.

“Fortunately for me, whatever I had planned for those tours did click. Australia is one of the best teams. Their bowling attack is one of the best in world cricket and doing well against them gives you some pride but you can’t be sitting on past laurels. You have to start afresh for a new challenge,” Pujara concluded.

Indian No.3 has now played 28 Test innings without a century. So will be hoping to put a three-figure score and end the century draught. The WTC final will be played between India and New Zealand, in England from June 18 to 22, with 23 being reserve day.

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