India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who is currently in England to play County cricket has got a new nickname by his teammates.
Meanwhile, Pujara will represent Yorkshire in the upcoming County Championship.
Being christened with a nickname is a rite of passage, and term of endearment, for a new recruit at just about any cricket club.
But when star Indian batsman Pujara recently failed to disclose a suitable nickname to his new teammates at Yorkshire, paceman Jack Brooks took it upon himself to give him one.
Moreover, the chosen title of ‘Steve’ has left Pujara a touch baffled.
Talking to ESPN, Pujara admitted he prefers Cheteshwar but the teammates have found it tough to pronounce.
“Well I would prefer Cheteshwar, but it’s difficult to pronounce so the guys have come up with Steve,” he told ESPN.
“But personally, I would prefer Cheteshwar. Jack Brooks started off with this. He couldn’t pronounce my first name so he was asking me what nickname do I have. I said I don’t have any. So they said, ‘we will start calling you Steve’,” he added.
Although, initially they started calling Puj but has gone back to Smith. Moreover, Pujara is looking forward to give his best, in a bid to prepare for the gruelling Test series in the United Kingdom.
“Initially, they started calling me ‘Puj’, but they have started calling me Steve again. It’s a good nickname, but I prefer Cheteshwar,” Pujara said.
Cheteshwar Pujara will be hoping he can replicate the feats that have elevated him into the upper echelon of Test batsmen in recent years.
Previously in 2015, Pujara played four games for Yorkshire. This is also his fourth stint in County having played for Derbyshire (in 2014) and Nottinghamshire (2017) before.