Cheteshwar Pujara Is Confident Of Doing Well In IPL

Cheteshwar Pujara, World Test Championship

Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s Test specialist batsman has said that he is confident of doing well in IPL. The right-handed batsman hasn’t played IPL since 2014.

A senior member of the Test team at present, Cheteshwar Pujara has achieved numerous batting records in the longest Test format. He has played many match-winning knocks and has been one of the star performers in India’s successive Test series wins in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy held in Australia.

Cheteshwar Pujara. Credits: AP

Cheteshwar Pujara Is Considered Test Red Ball Specialist Who Last Played IPL And ODI In 2013-14

While he is an automatic selection when it comes to Tests, he has been away from the white-ball limited-overs team since 2014. He first made it to the ODI team in 2013 and made his debut against Zimbabwe in July that year. His ODI career is only 5 games so far and he has been away from the squad since then.

Cheteshwar Pujara ODI
Cheteshwar Pujara ODI. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He is now considered to be a red-ball specialist and isn’t expected to make his white-ball return. The red-ball specialist tag has also had an impact on his IPL run.

Cheteshwar Pujara Want To Be Part Of IPL And Confident Of Doing Well If He Is Given Opportunity

A regular in IPL from 2008 to 2014, Cheteshwar Pujara has been away from IPL since 2014 when he represented KXIP. He hasn’t been able to draw a bid since IPL 2014 and is once again expected to go unsold. But Cheteshwar Pujara, who has 30 IPL caps, hopes to play the league again.

Speaking to NDTV, Pujara, who has a century in T20 cricket, said that he is confident of doing well in IPL. “Definitely want to be part of the IPL. Given an opportunity, I am confident I’ll be able to do well,” he told NDTV.

Cheteshwar Pujara IPL
Cheteshwar Pujara. Photo Credit: IPL

He had started his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders and stayed with them till 2010. He moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2011 to 2013. In IPL 2014 auction, he joined Kings XI Punjab. He was released ahead of IPL 2015 auction and hasn’t drawn a bid since then.

He usually plays County cricket during IPL but given the restrictions, he might not be able to travel to England. He is expected to take much-needed off time during IPL 2021.

Cheteshwar Pujara has played 81 Tests and scored above 6000 runs averaging 47.74. In 5 ODIs, he averages only 10.2 while in 30 IPL matches, he averages 20.53 amassing 390 runs with the bat at a strike rate of 99.74 with 1 fifty.

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