Cheteshwar Pujara - A man on a mission
Cheteshwar Pujara sends a message to national selectors
Far away from the allure and glitz of T20 cricket, Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara is making a mark in the English County Championship trying to remind the selectors that he is far from finished and still has a lot to offer. His dream run with Sussex this season is a testament of his insatiable appetite for runs. With scores of 201,109,203 and 170, the Indian International has been a joy to watch.
Having gone 52 first class innings without a century, Pujara has found his mojo back since joining the county in the early part of this summer. In the last game against Middlesex, Pujara looked all set for another double century before Sussex skipper Tom Haines made a declaration.
Along with Pujara, Rahane was dropped from the squad for the home test series against Sri Lanka in february following a torrid SA tour.
In the three tests, Pujara scored 124 runs at a poor average of 20.33 in South Africa. His technique and temperament came under the scanner and his intent contested. The 95 test veteran suddenly faced an axe.
The ever so humble Pujara resorted to silence right through the chaos. He was then neglected and not picked by any franchise in the mega auctions. The senior batter was subsequently presented with a chance to play for Sussex. He accepted the contract and made complete use of the rare opportunity. While Pujara got an opportunity to try his luck in white, Rahane’s career has slipped after the Ind T20 League debacle.
The presence of Shaheen Afridi among the Middlesex bowlers made up for an enthralling contest. Afridi was bowling quick, sharp and at the right areas but Pujara was up to the task. His uppercut six to Afridi’s searing bouncer was a delight to the eyes.
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