IPL is greatest league in world, making a comeback means so much to me, says Cheteshwar Pujara

IPL is greatest league in world, making a comeback means so much to me, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara is making his Indian Premier League (IPL) comeback within the upcoming version after a niche of seven years. The ‘Check skilled’ 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 Tremendous 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 so much 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 instructed Cricbuzz.

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 pleased about that gesture by the franchises. It’s the respect one will get for representing the nation. I thank the franchise, Mr Srinivasan and Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai for exhibiting religion in me,” he added.

Pujara had often used the free time in the course of the IPL by taking part in in county cricket to hone his expertise. Final yr, he signed for Gloucestershire after he went unsold within the 2020 public sale. This time, nevertheless, Pujara is extra targeted on bettering his T20 expertise that are “wanted” within the shortest format of the sport.

The 33-year-old laments the truth that these seen as Check cricket specialists will not be given sufficient alternatives in different codecs.

“When a white-ball match is occurring within the home circuit, I might be busy taking part in for the Indian staff. However after I had an opportunity to play white-ball video games in county cricket, I truly carried out nicely. I do know I can do nicely right here however I’ve not had ample alternatives to showcase the expertise,” stated Pujara.

The Gujarat cricketer has to date featured in 30 IPL video games and has 390 runs to his title at a strike fee of 99.74.

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