Notably, India and Sri Lanka are also to play three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I later this year - a development that has already met with criticism from at least Indian side of the bilateral affair. No matter how well I have taken care of my body, I have been injured a few times which is very unfortunate and which is very disappointing. I was disappointed because I have been away from the game so long and I didn't want to get out at all. Once again, India posted a total in excess of 600 - sixth such instance of this Indian team achieving a target under Kohli - and also most under any captain, on Friday. That was the biggest challenge but the minute I walked out into the middle, I was very happy.
"When you are sitting out and when you are seeing your teammates doing well, you do feel very happy but you also feel disappointed that it's not you in that position doing the job for the country". That's something that has really worked well for me. "We were discussing that in the dressing room just today", he said.
But that would be the final wicket of the day as Pujara was joined by Ajinkya Rahane and both would bring up centuries.
Despite the same, the Indian opener expressed his disappointment over his failure to convert his fifty into three figures.
The pitch: The pitch was on the slower side and I think it will take turn as the days go.
I have kind of gotten used to this.
"Disappointing that I have not been able to convert that, but that will keep me more hungry".
The morning session was reasonably even with Shikhar Dhawan (35) and Lokesh Rahul putting on 56 runs for the first wicket before the former was trapped leg before by Dilruwan Perera.
Having made another solid comeback, Rahul looked set for a bigger score till a run out stopped him at 57 here in the second Test at the SSC Ground.
India lost their skipper Virat Kohli cheaply for mere 13 runs as he was brilliantly caught at slips.
Rahul, who was run out on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka here on Thursday after a flawless start, said he is learning from his mistakes.
At stumps, Pujara, who was nominated for this year's Arjuna Award, was batting on 128 while Rahane was unbeaten on 103 as the right-handed duo guided India to a strong position, adding 211 runs for the fourth wicket.