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Pujara conceded that the Indian slip-catching needed to improve. © BCCI

Cheteshwar Pujara had a fabulous year with the bat, finishing as the highest run-getter in Tests in 2017. But the studious cricketer that he is, Pujara still believes that he still needed to fine-tune his batting.

He said at the end of the Sri Lanka series, “2017 has been a fantastic year for me. I still feel I could have done better at times … There are still some areas that I still want to improve.”

Pujara conceded that the Indian slip-catching needed to improve, clarifying that the squad was putting a lot of hard work into it. “Technically, I don’t know what is going wrong,” he said. “But we put in a lot of hard work in our fielding, especially since we have realised slip catching is very important.”

Pujara brushed away Rahane’s poor run of form and called him one of India’s best batsmen. “Talking about Ajinkya’s form, he has batted very well overall,” said Pujara. “Any batsman will go through a phase where he will not score many runs. Ajinkya is going through the same thing.”

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