Indian star Cheteshwar Pujara is enjoying life with Sussex

Sussex captain Cheteshwar Pujara has allayed fears of fatigue in the squad ahead of his side’s busy week of travel in the Royal London One-Day Cup. writes Sarthak Sharma.

The Sharks’ busy week begins tomorrow with a trip to the Emirates Riverside Stadium to play Durham before they travel to Taunton on Friday to play Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

“I think we have a young team, I’m the one who needs to recover,” said a smiling Pujara after guiding his team to victory against Surrey on Sunday.

“The last few games have been tough on my body but I will focus on my recovery.

“Overall I think because we have a young squad and the guys have worked hard on their fitness and also put a lot of focus on recovery we should be ok for the next couple of games.”

The Indian was in brilliant form at the Royal London One-Day Cup, scoring consecutive hundreds against Warwickshire and Surrey respectively, but believes the collective effort can see the Sharks succeed in the tournament.

“I think it’s a great team. I enjoy the culture here.

“It’s a young squad that’s developing but there’s a lot of talent here and we’re seeing the results.

“We haven’t won too many games with the red ball but the guys have worked really hard and I think the work ethic of the whole team is really good.

“I’m pretty sure we will see results in the future when it comes to red ball cricket but at the moment we’re playing very good white ball cricket and I hope we qualify and try to do the Royal London to win cup.”

Pujara’s 174 from just 131 balls against Surrey was proof the 34-year-old is far from just a cricketer reserved for the longer format of the game.

His unusually flamboyant shot selection in the match suggests he’s been working hard to add to his already impressive repertoire.

“I think I’ve always had that[the big animals],” he confirmed.

“But lately I’ve been working a bit more on adding a few more shots, which always helps me, even in the longer format, so I’ve made this change to my shot behavior.

“I’ve also batted well with the red ball this season so you have that confidence when you come in to play white ball cricket.

“I think it doesn’t swing as much once you’re in it so you can still play your shots, be more fearless and that’s what I tried to do.”

Sussex fans have found a special place in their hearts for Pujara.

They’ll be pinning their hopes back on their inspirational captain as the team make the long journey north-east to face Durham in tomorrow’s Royal London Cup. Indian star Cheteshwar Pujara is enjoying life with Sussex

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