Cheteshwar Pujara is the most dependable batsman for the Indian Test team. He has performed in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia and led the team from the front. When Australia thought Virat Kohli would be the most important wicket for them in 2018-19 series, Cheteshwar Pujara silenced the home team with a fine run.
“As a cricketer, I can’t have that opinion. Also I feel that I am someone who will never have such egos because I have seen and known IPL auctions to be tricky,” Pujara told PTI during an exclusive interview.
“I have seen world class players like Hashim Amla go unsold at the auctions. There have been lot of good T20 players, who have missed out on auction. So I don’t have any big ego that they are not picking me. Yes, given a choice I would like to play IPL,” said India”s most important Test batsman alongside skipper Virat Kohli.
Pujara is believed to have carried the grace in Test cricket which a great like Rahul Dravid left. The Saurashtra batsman, who scored 571 runs in seven innings, at an average over 74 with three centuries to his name in the 2018-19 series Down Under, has learnt a lot from Rahul Dravid.
Though India lost the series to New Zealand earlier in 2020, Pujara feel the series Down Under will be important for the side. India had recorded historic Test series win over Australia last year but it came in absence of their premier batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner.