Indian Test legend Cheteshwar Pujara will make a return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) after a gap of seven years after the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings claimed his service in the IPL 2021 Auction.
Pujara, who had listed himself at a base price of Rs 50 Lakh, found unexpected takers in the form of Chennai Super Kings for the said amount.
And, what followed next was heartwarming to see as the entire room gave applause to the Super Kings for claiming the services for the Indian Test spearhead.
This will be Chesteshwar Pujara’s first stint in the cash-rich league after a gap of seven years. The Indian Test No.3 has in the past represented teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings.
In 30 IPL games that Pujara has played between 2010-14, he has scored 390 runs at an average of 20.53 and a strike-rate of 99.7.
Overall, Cheteshwar Pujara has featured in 64 T20 games, in which he has scored 1356 runs at an average of 29.47 and a strike-rate of 109.35, which includes seven fifties and one hundred.
Here’s how Twitter reacted after CSK claimed Cheteshwar Pujara in IPL 2021 Auction:
Finally, Pujara gets sold. And the applause that broke out in the auction room told a story. Well done CSK #IPL2021
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 18, 2021
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 18, 2021
My absolute favourite thing about the #IPLAuction so far is Pujara getting a deal. Outstanding.
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 18, 2021
An applause in the Auction Room as CSK gets Pujara for 50L. Well played! 👏🏼 #IPLAuctions2021
— Ajith Ramamurthy (@Ajith_tweets) February 18, 2021
— Vinay (@Vinay20349305) February 18, 2021
— Shashank Satyam (@ShashankSatyam0) February 18, 2021
So so sooooo happy for Pujara ❤❤❤
— Yash Mittal 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2307) February 18, 2021
— Nishad Pai Vaidya (@NishadPaiVaidya) February 18, 2021
Kim Kardashian: I'll break the internet.
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) February 18, 2021
Can't help but feel Pujara would be better off with a county stint than IPL. Especially with England tour coming up. #IPL2021Auction
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) February 18, 2021
Cheteshwar Pujara last played the IPL in 2014 for Kings XI Punjab.
He has now been bought by CSK for the 2021 edition.
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) February 18, 2021
CSK buy Pujara!
What a buy. What a buy. What a buy. He can bat through the season for them.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 18, 2021
Not sure if Pujara will get a game at CSK, but there could be a lot behind that move. A possible move from a rival club to IC-owned Vijay CC in TNCA League could be on the cards
— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) February 18, 2021
Everyone clapping for Chennai Super Kings after the bid of Pujara.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 18, 2021
CSK management informing Pujara about his selection in IPL pic.twitter.com/28Y1RJxyeB
— babu bisIeri (@baabuOP) February 18, 2021