Cheteshwar Pujara is making his Indian Premier League (IPL) comeback within the upcoming version after a gap of seven years. The ‘Test expert’ final featured in IPL in 2014 when he performed for the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings).
After repetitively going unsold within the auctions, Pujara was snapped up by MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) within the 2021 public sale for his base worth of Rs 50 lakh.
The Indian cricketer is delighted on being given the chance to return to the IPL.
“To make a comeback to the IPL means loads to me. It’s the greatest league on the planet and I’ve missed out on being a part of it for fairly a while,” Pujara told Crickbuzz.
His buy on the public sale led to a spherical of applause from the remaining seven franchises on the public sale.
“I couldn’t have been extra happy. I’m actually proud and completely happy about that gesture by the franchises. It’s the respect one will get for representing the nation. I thank the franchise, Mr Srinivasan and MS Dhoni bhai for displaying religion in me,” he added.
Pujara had normally used the free time throughout the IPL by enjoying in county cricket to hone his abilities. Final 12 months, he signed for Gloucestershire after he went unsold within the 2020 public sale. This time, nonetheless, Pujara is extra targeted on enhancing his T20 abilities that are “wanted” within the shortest format of the sport.
The 33-year-old laments the truth that these seen as Test cricket specialists should not given sufficient opportunities in different codecs.
“When a white-ball match is happening within the home circuit, I’d be busy enjoying for the Indian workforce. However after I had an opportunity to play white-ball video games in county cricket, I truly performed properly. I do know I can do properly right here but I’ve not had sufficient alternatives to showcase the expertise,” stated Pujara.
The Gujarat cricketer has so far featured in 30 IPL video games and has 390 runs to his name at a strike rate of 99.74.