Yoga helped me in performing well: Pujara

PTI| Last Updated: May 23, 2014, 19:12 PM IST

Chandigarh: India cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara today revealed that yoga and meditation have not only helped him maintain a healthy lifestyle but also perform well on the field.

"It`s always up to an individual what he/she prefers to do. Everybody has a different preparation. I don`t do all the yogas, but just to keep myself healthy. I do some exercises and the pranayams," 26-year-old said here during a media interaction.

Pujara, who currently playing for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League, says although he does not do yoga daily, he has made it a point to incorporate it in his life to stay healthy

"I am a bit lazy about doing it every single day, but I try to make sure that I do it at least four times a week and that gives me best opportunity to stay healthy and perform on the field," he said.

On meditation, he said, "I do my prayers every single day and that`s a part of my life. It is not something I do to get better on cricketing field. That`s my routine. I try to devote at least 15-20 minutes a day," he said.

Punjab has seen a classic revival this IPL season with players like Glenn Maxwell (530 runs) making a good impact so far. Pujara has credited the teams` success to `smart buys` by the team management in the February auctions.

"The important thing was the auction, the way the team was picked before the IPL started. We had a very good team on paper and after that, I think it`s the team combination and talent of the players, they played to their potential and I think team has got together, we have got a very good support, entire team is gelling together and we are playing to our strength," said Pujara.

After wearing KKR and then RCB colours, Rajkot-born Pujara said that now he loves the Chandigarh connect.

"It`s a great feeling, I have been to Chandigarh, I love being to Chandigarh and overall playing for Kings XI Punjab, it`s a great feeling. We are doing very well and hope our fans will keep supporting us and we will surely lift the title," he said.

He also said that winning a game in Mohali means something special for the team.

"It is special. People in Punjab are supporting us and we are trying to live up to the expectations with the way we have performed in the UAE leg and now in India," he said.

Another stylish batsman of Kings XI Mandeep Singh, who feels IPL is the best platform for making a mark at the international level, said the team has the right balance.

"This is the best platform, if you have to play for India you get to learn a lot here. Cheteshwar plays in Test matches, I take tips from him and other senior players and coaches. Then there are foreign players who are playing in the IPL, we get to know a lot about how they play and the diet they eat. Even fielding standard of our team has improved as we learn from others," Mandeep said.

Punjab bowling coach Joe Dawes was all praise for young crop of bowlers like Sandeep Sharma.
"Young Sandeep is good. He has drawn a lot of attention. As an overall bowling unit, KXIP has done good," he said.

KXIP?s fielding coach R Shridhar was pleased with the players for the standards they have set.

"I think the current crop of youngsters and even the seniors take their fielding seriously because it has become very important part of the cricketing skills. In this format sometimes only a few runs separate the winning and the losing team, so fielding is important," he said.