How Cheteshwar Pujara has been dealing with the COVID-19 lockdown

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The three month nearing lock down in India may just have seen its first relaxation, resumption of cricket is still a far cry. The IPL 2020 has no confirmed return date yet, and India’s next international tour is only to be held all the way in December against Australia. While this lock down may have been a strange phase in the career of many cricketers, Cheteshwar Pujara is quite familiar with the process, and from spending time with his daughter to helping his wife for household duties.

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Yesterday, Pujara went onto a live session with sports presenter Arjun Pandit for Sony Ten Pit Stop show on Facebook, where the no. 3 Test batsman spoke about his ‘lock down diary’.

When asked about if the lock down has affected Pujara in any way, he recalled his childhood days and how the strict parenting by his father and former first class cricketer Arvind Pujara, and how his little daughter Aditi is doing the same!

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“Most of my life has been like a lock down” Pujara said in the interview, “before, it was my father who made my life like a lock down, and now my daughter also wants me to stay under lock down.”

“Because I’m able to spend more time with her, so she’s really happy that I’m at home,” the 32 year old added.

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Pujara further went on about the household chores he has been doing in the past few months, and emphasised on the importance of helping his wife Puja.

He continued, “If my wife is taking all the load, it is my responsibility and I also feel that by helping her, it will make life better, not just for her but for the entire family.”

In addition to giving a helping hand to his wife, Pujara also expressed his passion for cooking, and how he is planning to learn it very soon.

“I can’t cook so that is a disadvantage, but I love cooking and I want to learn it from somewhere” At some stage I’ll learn cooking and I’ll cook some dishes for my wife,” Pujara added.

Pujara has made 75 red ball appearances for the Men in Blue, and has scored 5740 runs.

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