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Young batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today said the Australians hardly have an idea about battingon turning tracks as the visitors continued to struggle against the Indian spinners.

After conceding a huge 266-run first innings lead, Australia today lost two wickets in their second innings tooff-spinner R Ashwin.  "I think they need to apply themselves. They don't know how to go about on the turning tracks. Actually, we knew what their strengths were and we were trying to find out what were their weaknesses. So far we have been successful and our spinners need to continue what they are doing," a smiling
Pujara, who scored his second Test double hundred today, told reporters at the end of the day's play.
     Uppal has been a happy hunting ground for the Saurashtra youngster as he has now scored two big hundreds here, having
scored 159 against New Zealand last year.    "So far, it has been good playing at this ground. And I
think it helped playing against New Zealand and getting a hundred in the past. I knew the wicket well, so it was helpful," he said.
     Pujara said that there was some help for the spinners as well as the odd-ball was turning and jumping.
     "Now there is a bit of help for spinners. There is more turn and odd-ball is jumping. So you have to apply yourself to
bat well. There is help for the spinners and that's why the wickets were falling," he said referring to India losing nine
wickets for 116 runs today.
     The stylish right-hander said that he wasn't surprised with Australia's decision to drop Nathan Lyon from the playing
XI.
     "(Surprised) Not really, they had to make some changes. I don't know whether they needed an off-spinner or left-arm
spinner for sure but they needed a batsman as well. So Maxwell was a good option for them. Also Lyon went for lot of runs and
as a batsman, I was comfortable facing him. I batted well in the past against Swann and Panesar and that helped me against
Australian spinners also.
Pujara claimed that he was not "aware about the record second-wicket stand of 370 runs between him and Murali Vijay.
 "I am not really aware about the records. I am happy to have achieved whatever I have so far for the country and I am
proud to represent India. I like scoring hundreds -- whether it is for country or for a club team. When you play for the
country and score hundreds, it's a different kind of satisfaction," he said as feeling was very much visible on his
face.
      Asked to compare with his double century against England at Ahmedabad, Pujara said,"Both knocks were important. You
don't need to compare the two as they were different kind of teams and different situations. That wicket (Motera) was
slightly easier to bat on. This wicket was initially difficult to bat on and then there was also a bit of turn. Today, when I
was batting there was a little more turn than yesterday."
     Pujara made a very successful comeback to Test arena after a long injury lay-off and for him it's satisfying to
have overcome the hurdles and reach here.
     "I think it's really satisfying when you are out of the team and out of the game due to injury. Once you come back and
start scoring, it's different kind of feeling. Injuries have taught me a lot. I love playing cricket and when you are not
playing, it's really frustrating. It motivates you to work a lot harder on your game and fitness."
      Asked about how he overtook a flamboyant player like Murali Vijay in terms of scoring rate, he answered,"Initially,
we wanted to ensure that we don't more wickets after we lost Virender Sehwag. The ball was doing a bit. Plan was not to
lose a wicket. Later on, when I got a hundred, I started seeing the ball well and I wanted to play my natural game. I
wasn't doing anything extra. It's the natural game that I played."

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