IPL 2019: Cheteshwar Pujara Feels his Experience Will Help in T20 Format
The backbone of Indian set-up in the Test fold, Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t got more chances in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In December 2018, he missed out even in the list of players for the auction of the IPL 2019 after going unsold in the eleventh edition of a lucrative T20 format.
The reliable top-order batsman Pujara himself revealed that he had been given fewer chances in the shortest version of the game. However, he made his entry in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2010.
Pujara gets things off his chest:
He remarked that he as a player did not get ample opportunities to understand the game well.
“Sometimes I feel I didn’t get enough opportunities. Whenever I have played the IPL, I didn’t play the whole season. I just featured in three or four games and then wasn’t part of the playing XI after that,” Pujara told in his interview with Sportstar.
In 30 IPL matches, Pujara could amass 390 runs at an unhealthy average of 20.52. He has a solitary fifty to his name.
However, in the recently-held Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy, Pujara has slammed maiden T20 ton for Saurashtra against Railways. He smashed 61-ball 100 with the help of 16 fours and a six in Indore.
While talking about those lines, he reiterated it’s a way to prove the mettle and set an example for oneself that he could feature in the IPL.
The 31-year-old stylish batsman revealed he has a lot in the tank when it comes to the white-ball format. He added when one puts in hard yards and that helps you in reaping the rewards is quite satisfying on personal grounds.
However, he has made it clear that the traditional format will remain as precedence.
“It was about proving a point to myself more than anyone else that I can play the IPL, do well in white-ball cricket. You feel happy when you work hard and the results are in your favour. This is just the beginning. I still feel there is a lot to play for as far as limited-overs cricket is concerned. I am working on a few things, but Test cricket will always remain my priority,” Pujara added.
Chesteshwar Pujara doesn’t look back:
While ruining on missing most of the times, Pujara maintained that extended run would have allowed him to improve as a T20 player.
Furthermore, he is hopeful to give his best with experience on his back. He added the introduction would have helped him to go a long way.
Known for his grit, Pujara believes one is supposed to move on given to the unavoidable circumstances.
“It is important for a player to get a long run to be able to better understand what needs to be done to succeed in the T20 format. Now, with experience, I know how to pace my innings. But as a youngster, some more exposure on Indian pitches would have been nice. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but you just take it in the stride and move on,” Pujara addressed.
Overall, Pujara has featured in 64 T20s. He has accumulated 1,356 runs at an average of 29.47.
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