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You are fighting battle for your country by staying indoors: Pujara

NEW DELHI: Batting long comes naturally to Cheteshwar Pujara and now he wants his fellow Indians to do the similar by means of staying at home as "the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic can only be won by being indoors".

Pujara was once one of the vital elite Indian sportspersons who attended the video name held by means of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss ways to fight the coronavirus. The nation is in the course of a 21-day lockdown.

"The Prime Minister wanted us to pass on the fighting spirit of a sportsperson to the general public. Sportspersons do inspire to fight," Pujara advised PTI over telephone from Rajkot, his place of birth.

"Most people are following the federal government pointers on lockdown however there are still some who are taking the virus casually. They do not realise that they may too be affected.

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"Every single individual is a soldier this present day. If you stay indoors, you're preventing the fight in your personal nation. There needs to be a collective effort else we will't win this," said India's Test batting mainstay.

After helping Saurashtra win their maiden Ranji Trophy name final month, little did he know that he could be spending all his time at home. Pujara is taking part in the "pressured" destroy and maximum of his time is going into entertaining his two-year-old daughter.

The closest he has got to a "hit within the nets" is by means of playing with a plastic bat.

"That may be for entertaining my daughter. No serious stuff. All of that may wait this present day," he said.

But a gym at home method he is not compromising on his fitness.

"I most often take the whole thing in a positive approach. Sometimes you wish to have to take a destroy as a sportsperosn and there cannot be a greater time. We just gained the Ranji and it is the right time to take 3 to four weeks off.

"Luckily I have a gym at home. Being a small town guy, I can't go out to the gym and train there (because he will be mobbed). With gym at home, I can still do my strength sessions, cycling and running. I also do yoga which helps a lot," said Pujara.

He was once supposed to play county cricket in the United Kingdom however that too has been postponed at least till May 28 and faces a cancellation.

Considering the present circumstances, Pujara would possibly have to attend till the Australia tour beginning November to play his first aggressive recreation because the Ranji Trophy ultimate. But he's ready for any eventuality.

"I would still have some first-class games before the Australia tour. I am prepared for anything. This is the time when we can't just be thinking about sporting events. First, we have to win this battle against coronavirus," he said.

"An individual's lifestyles is a lot more important than a carrying tournament. All the carrying events (together with Olympics) have been postponed. One needs to be ready as we are going through rare instances.

"We just want to be certain that the virus is contained and things get again to standard. After that we will talk about the recreation."

Pujara has fond reminiscences of the previous Australia tour in 2018-19 when India gained their maiden Test sequence Down Under. He was once named the participant of the sequence for scoring 521 runs at 74.42, together with 3 hundreds. His long hours within the middle and pacers' stellar performances made all the distinction.

"I'd still say it was once a collective effort. Yes, I did carry out exceptionally smartly. I'm glad about that, certainly, but when we go back again you must get started from the scratch. It (previous performance) will assist me for sure however one has to arrange again. You cannot take your previous glories to the current sequence," he signed off.

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