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We have to fight war against virus, cricket can wait: Cheteshwar Pujara

CHENNAI: Cheteshwar Pujara is putting his largest virtues as a batsman, endurance and self-discipline, to excellent use within the battle towards the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when self-isolation and social distancing are very important, Pujara is main through instance.

"During the lockdown, the most important thing is to make sure that you are at home. Everyone should understand the danger and stay indoors, though it can be frustrating. But this is like a battle that we are fighting. Those qualities of patience and discipline do come in handy. The qualities I have as a cricketer are helping me deal with this period effectively. I have that mental strength. So it does help," Pujara, who was a number of the sportspersons to have a video interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, instructed NewsTread from Rajkot.

Pujara, in fact, remains innately obsessed with the game and loves listening to the sound of bat on ball. For the time being, despite the fact that, cricket is a ways from his mind. Having been enthusiastic about an extended season which culminated with the Test series towards New Zealand and Saurashtra's triumph within the Ranji Trophy, Pujara does now not mind.

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"At times, you want to stay away from the game. Fortunately, this has come on the finish of the season. Once the Ranji Trophy ended, I was intended to take a spoil for a week or two. This has been longer than that. We have no idea when the game will restart. So we are in a tricky scenario.

"But if we have a look at the problems other persons are going through, then we will be able to't truly consider the game. The virus is so dangerous that we have to battle this together. It is like a battle. We have to make sure the whole thing turns into customary first. And then we will be able to consider the game," Pujara felt.

The 32-year-old admits he is not much of a cricket watcher, because of this that he's spending all his time along with his wife and daughter. When issues do return to normalcy, despite the fact that, some of the first issues on Pujara's mind is to discuss with his personal cricket academy in Rajkot. "I want to discuss with my academy. It is around 16-17 kilometres away from my area."

As a ways as return of cricketing activity is concerned, there are many unknowns to deal with. While Pujara is not these days a part of any IPL groups, he has been playing county cricket in England for the previous couple of years. With the placement in the United Kingdom worsening with every passing day, the whole English cricket season has been affected. It hampers Pujara's arrangements for the upcoming season, however he is not overly fussed.

"Something like this can't be controlled. It has came about for the first time in our lives and I hope it would possibly not happen again. We can't consider the game at this time. I'm positive issues will likely be beneath regulate in a few months' time. Then, we will be able to consider county cricket and the whole thing else. Every main wearing tournament has been affected. County cricket will likely be no exception. Even if the county season does not happen, one should not fear much as a result of human lives are extra important than any recreation," he stated.

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