Kolkata, Oct 1 (IANS) India top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara could not take the field due to indisposition on day two of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday.
A team official said Pujara was “under the weather”.
“He is a bit under the weather. He has been advised rest by the physio. He will be okay by this evening,” the official said.
Currently, Cheteshwar Pujara is running in a great batting form. Before beginning the ongoing Test series between India and New Zealand, Pujara put some outstanding performances in the Duleep Trophy (one of the India’s domestic first-class cricket), where he hit a double-century and a 150+ knock. Pujara was the most runs scorer in the Duleep Trophy 2016 with 453 runs along with 226.50 average.
In the ongoing Test series between India and New Zealand, Pujara is currently the leading run scorer. He has scored 227 runs in this ongoing Test series with 75.66 average and he hit 3 half-centuries in the all 3 innings of this Test series.
So, it is very clear that Pujara is very important batsman for Indian cricket team at current situation. If he will not fit in the second innings of this Test, India will automatically reduce a crucial wicket in their innings.
If Pujara’s health will not improve in early days, then he should be missed the third and final Test of this series at Indore which will begin on 8th October. Gautam Gambhir can be replaced in Pujara’s spot for the 3rd Test, if Pujara’s health will not improve.