"I was always allowed to bat the way I want.
There wasn't much help for the spinners in the last two days", Pujara told mediapersons in the post-match conference.
India's prolific No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara defended his bowlers and said it was the nature of the Kotla pitch that was responsible for the team not achieving victory. "We were expecting this surface to deteriorate a little more, on day four and five". But as it turned out, the Sri Lankan batsmen, especially Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva, negated their attack easily. In this home season, they have been the most hard spinners for any opposition. This is one odd game where there wasn't much assistance from the pitch. The first Test in Kolkata had ended in a draw too.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who is generally a designated close-in fielder at short leg and silly point in Tests, recently became the latest trialist for the slip cordon during the Nagpur Test.
"We are having a chat about it [slip catchers], we will assign few players, will have players standing at the slips". All the players who stand in the slips are taking 50 to 100 catches every day.
"I won't say they are just spinners, if you look at their wickets they have done a remarkable job". At the same time, there have been injuries where openers have missed out. So we had to replace Vijay with someone. Under Kohli, India now has won consecutive 9 series in the span of 2 years, which is a world record, a first time for the Indians. So, we are trying to figure out options and we will definitely get better.
"Overall we have really bowled well in this Test match especially looking at the wicket".
"He is one of India's best batsmen and he has scored a lot of runs, in india and even overseas". "We don't want to disturb him from there". At least three catches were put down at second slip in the first innings at the Kotla, and on all three occasions, a different fielder was stationed in that position. "I don't know technically what is going wrong. We will take a call on that when we reach there but here we needed to try out a few things". The topsy-turvy form of players who kept Wriddhiman Saha company behind the stumps was a feature throughout India's home season of 2016-17 and beyond, coming as a glaring negative amidst all the domination - a stone-in-the-shoe problem for the Test giants. "Eventually the results will come". The Boxing Day Test has been included after India's Tour of South Africa was pushed ahead to January. "We have already started talking about the things we need to work on". We have enough experience being in South Africa, that will help us.
Team India got very close to a win in the Delhi Test but a strong resistance from the Sri Lankan side forced them to settle for a draw. Many of our players were there is 2013. Many of our players were there in 2013, at the same time our fast bowling unit is much better now and will do a lot of damage.
"The South African batting is not what it used to be at one time". "Any batsman will go through a phase where he will not score many runs".