Cheteshwar Pujara, who battled his way to 50, admitted that the pitch at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg was the toughest he'd ever played on. Pujara hung around for 176 balls for his 50, taking 54 deliveries to get off the mark.
When he finally got a single, Pujara got an applause from the crowd. "This is one of the toughest pitches I've played on. And as we saw, it was difficult to score some runs, especially in the first session. It was difficult to rotate the strike. It has a lot of bounce, it has seam movement.
“And there is enough pace now. So we had to work hard to score runs, but the total we have, I think it is as good as scoring 300 on any wicket,” Pujara said after Stumps on Day 1.
Pujara admitted, after a point, he was eager to get off the mark. "After a point obviously yes I wanted to get off the mark. But as you saw, it was a bit difficult to rotate the strike. But as I said this is one of the toughest pitches I have played on, so you need to take your time and you need to get used to the bounce and lateral movement.
--By A Cricket Correspondent