Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been one of many mainstays of the Take a look at lineup for a few years, however didn’t maintain his place within the limited-overs codecs. Pujara, who was India’s star performer within the recently-concluded Take a look at collection in opposition to Australia, affirmed that he has not overlooked a spot within the white-ball squads for Staff India.
The Gujarat batsman, 33, has performed solely 5 ODIs for India, making his final look within the fifty-over format in 2014 in opposition to Bangladesh.
“I nonetheless have aspirations to play white-ball cricket for Staff India, there is no doubt about that. Sure, on the identical time it turns into troublesome when different guys are getting some match apply,” Pujara stated on Sports activities At present.
“After the lockdown I did not have any match apply earlier than the Australia tour so to organize for that large collection it grew to become a bit of troublesome. In any other case if there was no COVID then there would have been some first-class video games which I might have performed.”
India’s Take a look at collection in opposition to Australia marked the return of the aspect within the longest format of the sport after greater than 9 months.
“However due to the COVID lockdown there weren’t many FC video games which I may play. I solely performed 1 sport (warm-up match) earlier than the Take a look at collection began in order a batter it was troublesome to realize the rhythm, focus. Early on it was troublesome however as I began enjoying few extra video games, it took me a few Take a look at matches to search out the best means (to bat in Australia),” Pujara additional stated.
Regardless of the shortage of match apply, nonetheless, Pujara performed a significant function in India’s unbelievable 2-1 collection win over Australia Down Underneath. Pujara, who bats at quantity three for India, displayed immense grit and endurance all through the collection as he braved the fiery Australian tempo assault, going through 928 deliveries — probably the most by any batsman within the collection.