File photo of India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. (BCCI)
Benoni: Talented batsman Cheteshwar Pujara didn't seem overjoyed after the ICC announced his name as the Emerging Cricketer of the Year' for his prolific performance in the longer version over the last one year.
Pujara became the second fastest Indian to get to 1000 Test runs, during the course of his double hundred against Australia in March at Hyderabad, where he put on a 370-run record second wicket partnership with Murali Vijay.
The 25-year-old Pujara has amassed 1310 runs in 15 Tests at a staggering average of 65.50. "I believe winning isn't everything but the desire to win is. This is just a small step towards success," Pujara told reporters at Benoni.
However the Saurashtra lad did mention that his endeavour will be to work hard and play for the nation as long as possible. "I wish to continue to work harder and live up and serve the nation," Pujara said.