Speaking about Ashwin, Gavaskar then said: "There's intent but not much progress."Coming to the match, the Lankan batsmen showed great resolution and grit to bat out the day and secure a draw as the players ended play at 4:01pm - 35 minutes before the scheduled close of play - after both teams felt that the game was headed for a draw. We might have to pin down only a few players as specialist catchers". "We will look to win the series in South Africa", a smiling Pujara concluded by saying.
The Indian team, through the past one year, did not need to play much on the fifth day, but Pujara said it was not the reason. "The fast bowling unit has been much better now and I think our fast bowlers will do the damage", said Pujara during the post-match press conference following the third Test draw against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. "To be honest, we haven't fielded well and I will accept that", he said when asked about the lack of improvement in the cordon. "If you look at their performances throughout the season, they are the most hard bowlers for any opposition to face". "We were expecting this surface to deteriorate a little more, on day four and five". The other thing is we have enough experience being in South Africa.
"We are having a chat about the slip fielding issue". At the same time there have been injuries where openers have missed out, someone like Murali Vijay, who used to be at first slip, didn't play due to injury for six months.
"Overall we have bowled really well, especially in this Test match considering the wicket". "We don't want to disturb him from there. So we are trying to improve ourselves, and eventually the results will come". So we had to replace Vijay with someone. "We will take a call on that when we reach there but here we needed to try out a few things". The ultimate goal of any team is to win a Test match and when we play for the Indian team, its always about scoring runs and when it comes to test cricket we take it very seriously and we always try to win as many matches as we possibly can. He did play one shot too many, but as they say, fortune favours the fearless. It will definitely help us.
Dilruwan Perera, dropped once at second slip, and Angelo Mathews, let off twice, went on to bat valuable time - Mathews scored a century - that proved to be the difference in the final equation. "That will give us some advantage". "Once he gets a fifty or more, he will get his confidence back and he will be a very useful player in South Africa".
India won the series 1-0 with the hosts beating the visitors in the second Test at Nagpur.