India’s middle-order batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara is reported to have been involved in talks with the Warwickshire county for a stint in the County Championship this season.
Cheteshwar Pujara is currently playing in the home Test series against England. Pujara, who has earlier played for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, is looking for another hit in the county in order to prepare for the tour of England in August this year. The Indian team will travel to the UK to take on Joe Root’s men for a 5-Test series later this year.
According to The Telegraph, the right-hander could be able to play in six County Championship games during the start of the summer before linking up with the India squad for their practice matches.
Although Pujara doesn’t have a great record in his previous season in County cricket – 988 runs at an average of 29.9 – however, his century at the Ageas Bowl and the series average of 39.7 on India’s Test tour of England in 2018 highlighted the importance of acclimatizing with the conditions early on.
Similar to Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, who played 10 first-class games for Glamorgan, smashing five centuries before the 2019 Ashes series, where he hit 4 half-centuries helping Australia retain the Ashes.
Cheteshwar Pujara in auction for IPL 2021
Cheteshwar Pujara has once again thrown his name in the hat for a contract with any IPL franchise, after the last playing in the league in 2014. He has remained unsold since.
The 33-year-old has set his base price at Rs. 50 Lakhs and would be hoping for a bid in the auction for the 14th edition of the tournament; the auction is slated for February 18th in Chennai and is a mini-auction.
Pujara’s duration in the County will depend on whether he is sold or not at the IPL auction. In the previous years, he has gone to play in the County after his non-selection in the IPL. The Gujarat-born batsman played for Kings XI Punjab in last IPL appearance way back in 2014.