No more slip ups, India's Pujara tells butterfinger team mates

Dhawan's fifty helped India push their lead past 350

"There are still some areas that I still want to improve". He has also managed to score a whopping 11 global hundreds this year across all formats.Recently, when India beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in the three Test match series at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi, yet another milestone was unlocked for the Indian captain. Gavaskar, who was covering the game as a commentator, first chose to take a potshot at Cheteshwar Pujara before taunting spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. "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.

"If you look at the number of wickets they have taken, it's remarkable. They are the most hard bowlers for any opposition to face", Pujara added. There was not much help for spinners. We just accept it. He is the top ODI and T20I batsman, and he led the Indian team to be the best Test team in the world also. So, there are so many positives. "We wanted to win but it ended in a draw", he said.

"We are having a chat about it [slip fielding woes] and we will assign a few players, throughout the away series". We have already started talking about the things we need to work on before leaving.

"I think we have a great chance this time looking at the depth of the current side", Dravid told PTI on Thursday.

Among other Indians moving northwards in the rankings are opener Murali Vijay (up three places to 25th) and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma (up six places to 40th). "We will take a call on that when we reach there but here we needed to try out a few things". So, we are trying to figure out options and we will definitely get better. Even in ODIs, Tendulkar's median run share in India's victories was higher, although the difference in ODIs between the two is narrow. "We fully support him to make a comeback". Dilruwan Perera, who opened the batting in the first innings, was also dropped by Shikhar Dhawan at second slip before going on to score 42 runs.

Asked what went wrong at the Asia Cup, Dravid said: "Not much". All players standing in the slips are taking 50 to 100 catches every day. "Eventually the results will come".

Pujara, who became the leading run-scorer in 2017, said he was looking to improve.

2818- Runs for Kohli across all formats in worldwide cricket in 2017 - the third-highest tally ever recorded in a calendar year.

India won the series 1-0 with the hosts beating the visitors in the second Test at Nagpur.

On the tour of South Africa, Dravid said it would once again be tough but the Indians have the experience and skill to play in all conditions. I have been to South Africa in 2010 and 2013. There is a lot of pressure on players but that is same for all teams. "He has batted well overall", Pujara said. Nicknamed King Kohli, the prolific batsman is in the form of his life, hitting two double centuries in the series including a career-best 243 in Delhi.

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