IND v NZ : Test Series

After an unforgiving schedule throughout 2021, India's deputy skipper for the first Test against New Zealand - Cheteshwar Pujara - reckoned the break and family time he got during the T20 World Cup has allowed him to rest, recharge and jump back into the grind.

IND v NZ : Test Series

Like most other Indian players, Pujara has gone from bubble to bubble, playing gruelling Tests - against England at home, the WTC final, against England away - before joining up with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

IND v NZ : Test Series

Post that season, Pujara got his time away from the game while his multi-format colleagues stayed back in UAE for the World Cup.

IND v NZ : Test Series

"It's important to spend time with family also. The break that I got now I did that," Pujara said two days ahead of the first Test against New Zealand on Tuesday (November 23).

IND v NZ : Test Series

"Then when you come back, you come back fresh and you look forward to the season because when you get your break, you get to work on your fitness, you get to work on your batting.

IND v NZ : Test Series

When you come back, you're fresh and looking forward to it. There's no fatigue. Mentally you're fresh. And you feel you want to play as many games as possible so sometimes the break is really good."

IND v NZ : Test Series

Essentially, Pujara hasn't had any game time - across formats - since the Oval Test against England which finished on September 6 as he remained an unused squad member for CSK.

IND v NZ : Test Series

But India's Test No. 3 admitted it wasn't like he was completely out of touch during these two-odd months, as training sessions during the IPL season kept him in shape. India's Test specialists also hit it out in a five-day training camp in Mumbai last week.