Cheteshwar Pujara says there’s sufficient time to play ‘some County video games’ after IPL
Ahmedabad: Able to re-enter the IPL bandwagon after seven years, Cheteshwar Pujara says competing within the T20 league will not hamper his preparations for the away Take a look at collection in opposition to England since he could have loads of County video games to play earlier than the Take a look at task.
Unsold for seven seasons, Pujara was lastly picked by MS Dhoni-led Chennai Tremendous Kings at his base value of Rs 50 lakh for this 12 months IPL.
“I am actually glad to be a part of the IPL. It is good to be again once more, and I want to thank CSK for taking me,” the India Take a look at quantity three mentioned right here throughout a digital media convention.
“Speaking about county cricket, I’ll nonetheless have sufficient time earlier than we play the England Take a look at collection,” Pujara, who has earlier performed for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, mentioned.
India will play 5 Checks in opposition to England later this 12 months.
Pujara has a strong method however resulting from his sluggish batting type he isn’t thought-about match for the slam-bang format. However he’s wanting ahead to make a mark on this format too.
“As soon as IPL will get over, there can be a window the place I can play a number of county video games. That decision I’ll take as soon as IPL it will get over. However there can be sufficient time to play some County video games. We even have a few observe video games earlier than the Take a look at collection begins in August.
“There’s loads of time to play county cricket however it’s all the time good to be again in IPL.”
Requested whether or not he mentioned this with CSK, Pujara mentioned: “Nothing on that half… However I all the time needed to play shorter format of the sport.”
“So my focus as soon as this (ongoing) Take a look at collection will get over can be on the IPL, after which as soon as IPL will get over then I will take into consideration county video games after which there’s a huge collection arising in opposition to England in August…”
After levelling the collection one-all with a 317-run win over England within the second Take a look at in Chepauk, India are firmly on track to qualify for the World Take a look at Championship Last in opposition to New Zealand on the Lord’s in 18 June.
India must win the collection by a minimal margin of 2-1 or higher to seize the solitary obtainable berth.
“We’re very, very hopeful that we’ll qualify for the World Take a look at Championship Finals in June,” Pujara mentioned.
Pujara additional mentioned the county expertise has come in useful for him within the gruelling Take a look at cricket, one thing he shares with the children.
“Every time there’s a difficult situation and the ball is swinging or seaming round a bit, it’s all the time useful.
“That have has taught me many issues whether or not it is the technical side and even psychological side as a batter,” he mentioned.
“However in relation to England tour, I will have a chat with them or the staff administration and the skilled gamers of the staff could have a phrase,” he signed off.
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