Indian Test No.3 and Chennai Super Kings latest recruit Cheteshwar Pujara has revealed that was left disappointed after the now-defunct IPL franchise Gujarat Lions ignored him during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants made their debut in 2016 following the two-year suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
The Lions had their base in Rajkot and Cheteshwar Pujara admitted that he would have loved to don the Gujarat-based franchise jersey.
“Well, I was disappointed that I was not picked. But that was not in my control. It would have been nice if I was part of that side. That is in the past and I have moved on,” Cheteshwar Pujara said.
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to make his return to the IPL after a gap of seven years.
Pujara, who last featured in the cash-rich league in the 2014 season, was picked by the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 auction.
The 33-year-old donned the yellow jersey for the first time on Monday after having completed the one-week quarantine, as mandated by the BCCI.
Following the completion of quarantine, the Saurashtra batsman also hit the nets for his first-ever session for the three-time IPL champions.
The former IPL winners are currently training in Mumbai where they will play their first five games. The MS Dhoni-led CSK will kickstart their 2021 IPL campaign against Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.