India’s batting backbone in Test cricket, Cheteshwar Pujara wishes to make a return to the Indian Premier League (IPL). The right-hander last featured in the cash-rich league in 2014 and has gone unsold in the auction before deciding to play county cricket during the time of the IPL.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been at the forefront of India’s victories in numerous Tests, including the two series victories in Australia. Pujara is one of the finest batsmen India has produced, however, he couldn’t make heads turn in the shorter formats, be it T20 or ODIs. He has played 5 ODIs for India and scored mere 51 runs.
I am confident I’ll be able to do well in the IPL: Cheteshwar Pujara
The 33-year-old, who is often referred to as the new wall of the Indian team as he resembles plenty of qualities with Rahul Dravid, has played for 3 franchises in the IPL from 2010 to 2014. Pujara started his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010. Then moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 3 seasons before playing for Kings XI Punjab in 2014 and hadn’t played a single IPL game since.
In 29 IPL matches, Pujara, playing in different positions, scored 390 runs at a strike rate of 99.74, which is considered not just poor, but a liability for his own team in T20 cricket.
However, Cheteshwar Pujara, who does have a hundred in the T20 format in domestic cricket, is confident that he would do well if he is bought by any franchise for the upcoming 14th edition of the IPL. The auction for IPL 2021 is scheduled for 18th February in Chennai.
“Definitely want to be part of the IPL. Given an opportunity, I am confident I’ll be able to do well,” Cheteshwar Pujara told NDTV.
The Gujarat-born batsman will soon be seen in action against Joe Root’s England in a 4-match Test series which commences on 5th February at the Chepauk. The first two Tests will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai while the next half of the series is slated to be held in the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.