Cheteshwar Pujara Wants To Return In Limited-Overs Cricket For India
Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara is currently in a great form with the bat. The right-handed batsman has wished to make his limited-overs return for the national team after the upcoming World Cup.
After some struggling years, Cheteshwar Pujara is now running in a golden form. While India recently won their historic Test series in last Australia tour in this January, Cheteshwar Pujara played a crucial role for the national team’s success. He finished the series as the leading run-scorer by scoring 521 runs in seven innings with an average of 74.42.
Cheteshwar Pujara played a tireless cricket in that series as he faced 1258 deliveries in that series. He was very consistent with the bat in that series as he scored 123, 71, 24, 4, 106, 0 and 193 runs respectively. While he won the Player of the Series award without any doubt, he also won two Player of the Match awards in that series.
Cheteshwar Pujara is also in a great form in recent domestic cricket
After that tour, Cheteshwar Pujara played an essential role for his domestic side Saurashtra who finished as the runners-up in the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy. In the quarter-final, he played a vital role to successfully chase the record runs in the Ranji Trophy fourth innings history.
Chasing down the 372-run target against Uttar Pradesh, the Indian top-order batsman guided the team to the six-wicket victory with his unbeaten 67 runs innings.
In the next match at semi-final, Cheteshwar Pujara played another brilliant innings during the fourth innings chasing. Chasing down the 279 runs target, Saurashtra was under pressure at the early stage when they were battling on 27/3. However, Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 131 runs innings helped the side to win that by five wickets.
But, he failed in the final match against Vidarbha. While he scored 1 and 0 runs in that match, Vidarbha won that match by 78 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara has continued his impressive batting form in the recent domestic T20 tournament.
Recently, in an interview with TOI, Cheteshwar Pujara was asked whether he was eyeing to make his limited-overs comeback after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
In reply, the 31-year-old said, “If there is an opportunity (to be part of the limited-overs team) after the WC, I would definitely like to be part of it. Wherever the team wants me to bat, I will be happy to do so.”
I think IPL franchisees will also realise my capacity soon
After making his ODI debut in 2013, Cheteshwar Pujara has played only five ODIs till June 2014. He has scored only 51 runs in ODI career with an average of just 10.20. His best ODI knock was 27 runs. Meanwhile, he hasn’t made his T20I debut yet.
However, recently, Cheteshwar Pujara hit his maiden T20 century. In the 2018/19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 100 not out off 61 balls against Railways. Then, he played 68, 42* and 39* runs respectively all in the winning causes.
Cheteshwar Pujara sometime feels hurt when everyone calls him as a Test cricketer. However, he has a strong belief in himself, and he thinks that the IPL franchises will realise this soon.
He said, “Sometimes it is difficult to accept things but I am someone who moves on. I am not worried about what people think. However, the perception is changing now. When I started scoring in T20 format, people have started saying that ‘he can do it’. I think IPL franchisees will also realise that soon.”
Cheteshwar Pujara has played 30 IPL matches and has scored 390 runs with an average of 20.52. Currently, he is in no IPL team.
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