Sunil Gavaskar weighed in on Cheteshwar Pujara’s form in County Championship© Twitter
Cheteshwar Pujara is in excellent form in the County Championship for Sussex. In his four matches to date, he has scored two double centuries and two tons. His great show has led many to believe he is ready to make a comeback with the Indian test team. Pujara was dropped from the Indian team for the home series against Sri Lanka after poor form. However, with India playing England in a solitary Test starting on July 1, which will complete the series that led Team India 2-1 since last year, the BCCI selectors may be tempted to bring Pujara back.
Former captain of Indian cricket team Sunil Gavaskar had an interesting look at Pujara’s chances of making a comeback.
“Yes, it has to be kept in mind (for India’s test match in England). Last year we saw New Zealand playing two Test matches in England before the World Test Championship final. So they got used to the conditions there and when they got similar conditions in Southampton for the WTC final. It rained. They were used to it. This is what happens to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has become used to hitting in English conditions, against their bowlers. Yes, there is a huge difference between a County charge and a Test bowling charge, but if a batter is in the rhythm, why not take advantage and consider him?” Gavaskar told in an interview on Sports Tak†
“It’s not like he’s going back to the test team after two to three years. It’s been a matter of six to seven months. He was on the team until September. He was part of the team during the test series against New Zealand and also in South Africa. He’s been on the team since January. So yeah, he should definitely qualify for the XI. His ability to fatigue the bowler and hold one end is much needed. And we’ve seen that his attack rate is also good in county cricket.”
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