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Pujara enjoys key India role

India's double-centurion Cheteshwar Pujara knew he had to be the batsman to contribute a significant innings on day two of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

The number three - stepping into the shoes of the retired Rahul Dravid - registered an unbeaten 206 in just his sixth Test to propel India to 521-8 declared before England closed on 41 for three in reply.

Resuming on 98 not out, Pujara was not content to simply register his second Test hundred - with the first coming against New Zealand in August - but was determined to go on and compile a game-changing innings.

"Last time I missed (getting a double hundred) against New Zealand and I wanted to score a double hundred and this these were the perfect conditions for me," he said in an interview with Sky Sports 1.

"We needed a big total on the board so I needed to hang around.

"I think the reason for success was to read the gameplan better than other players."

Pujara's run-scoring slowed up a little after lunch and the 24-year-old admitted that was down to a combination of the condition of the pitch and fatigue.

"It was quite slow and it started turning after lunch," he added. "I had to hang around but I wasn't getting my shots because the wicket was too slow.

"Even my body was a little tired. I had to run a lot, I was sweating but I think my fitness was good as I could carry on and play such a big innings."