Cheteshwar Pujara is back in the Indian Test side thanks to his incredible run
Pujara played the three-Test series against South Africa in January before he was dropped for the Sri Lanka Tests. During his recent stint with Sussex, the 34-year-old notched up four centuries, including two double hundreds, in five County Championship Division Two matches.
“You can say that now in hindsight. Had I been picked by an IPL team, there were major chances that I wouldn’t have got any games. I would have just gone (to nets) and practised. Getting match practice and practice in the nets is always different.“(Cricbuzz IPL 2022)
The Saurashtra batter has so far played only 30 matches in the IPL scoring only 390 runs at an average of 20.52. His strike rate of 99.74 is however the biggest worry. He previously was a part of four-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but didn’t play a single game in IPL 2021.
The fifth Test, which was postponed last year due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp, is scheduled from July 1 to 5 in Birmingham.
“I am glad to have been selected for the England Test, and happy that my recent county performances were recognized,” Pujara told PTI news agency. “Having spent some time in the middle during the county games, I do believe it will keep me in good stead as we get ready for the game against England. As always, looking forward to preparing and training well ahead of the tour, and do hope to continue contributing to the Indian team,” he added.
Pujara scored 720 runs, including two double hundreds and two centuries, in five Division two games for Sussex, which forced the selection committee to give him a call-up for the rescheduled ‘fifth’ Test of the last series.