Cheteshwar Pujara, who returned with colossal figures from Indian National Cricket team‘s tour of Australia is in no mood to take a break from cricket. After an exhausting trip, Pujara will now feature for his stateside Saurashtra in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
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Meanwhile, this will be a massive boost for Saurashtra as Pujara has been in the form of his life. Cheteshwar Pujara returned with 521 runs at an average of 74 including three half-centuries which got him the man of the series award. Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak admitted that it would be a huge boost and a learning curve for the youngsters to play with Pujara.
“Cheteshwar coming back from Australia and playing will be a huge boost to the batting. We gave chances to a lot of young batsmen (such as Harvik Desai and Vishvaraj Jadeja) and they all have done well. If they can play with Pujara, it will be a great learning curve,” Saurashtra coach Kotak told Sportstar on Thursday.
Before flying to Australia, Pujara had appeared in one Ranji game — against Chhattisgarh — and had scored 56. However, there is no clarity whether he will take the leadership role from Jaydev Unadkat.
“Pujara arrived on Wednesday, and he is a kind of a person who always says ‘the player who will be more available should lead. But that is not a concern for us right now as everybody will be happy to have him anyway,” he added.
Saurashtra will play their quarterfinal clash against Uttar Pradesh starting from January 15.