Back in February, when Cheteshwar Pujara was knocked out of the India Test squad against Sri Lanka, there were plenty of question marks over whether this was the end of the road for the veteran. He had been going through a thin period for some time. However, Pujara made an inspiring return to the Indian team after playing great cricket for his Sussex County side and Ranji Saurashtra’s side. For Sussex, Pujara scored a double century in his first game and then scored another over 200. He also scored two centuries.
Prior to this stint in the county, Pujara played in three Ranji games for Saurashtra and scored 91 goals in the first of those games against 41-time champions Mumbai. It was from then, Pujara says he knew “everything was back to normal”.
“It’s about playing as many top-class games as possible and for me I think experience was very important. Because when you want to get fit, when you want to find your rhythm, when you want to get your focus back , it’s important to have long innings. When I was playing for Sussex, once I got the first big hit against Derby, I felt my rhythm was back. My focus and everything started to come together. set up,” Pujara said in a video on BCCI. TV.
“When you want to play for your team you have to apply yourself. When you play competitive cricket you learn so many things. But sometimes you need that experience, you need that time in the middle and that was The most important.”
“I was preparing for it even at home. Even before, I joined the Sussex team. I played three Ranji Trophy games for Saurashtra. Even in that, I found my rhythm. I knew that I was beating good. It was about getting a big score under my belt. When I got that in my first game, I knew everything was back to normal now. I find my footwork. My backlift, everything was going well. After that, I just wanted to enjoy my game. Try and make sure you contribute to the success of the team. The most important thing is to have a good time on the pitch.”
The BCCI Selection Committee has named a 17-member Test squad for the rescheduled fifth Test against England to be played in Edgbaston, Birmingham, from July 1-5. India are currently leading the test series 2-1.
India Test Team: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin , Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
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