Cheteshwar Pujara regains his lost form from County Championship.
The past few months have been full of ups and downs for veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. The journey till his exit from Team India and then returning to the squad for the Test match against England was very interesting. Pujara was dropped from the Indian team after a disappointing performance in the Test series against South Africa earlier in the year. He was not included in the squad for the two-match home Test series against Sri Lanka in March. After this no one bought him in the mega auction of IPL. However, Pujara did not give up and went to England and played in the County Championship and performing tremendously there not only regained his form but also managed to make a comeback in Team India.
Pujara scored four consecutive centuries while playing for Sussex and forced the selectors to include him in the team. He is playing a warm-up game ahead of the Test against England starting July 1. Earlier, in an interview to BCCI TV, he talked about his form and comeback and told about his preparation.
Benefit from first class cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara said that playing in first-class cricket in the Ranji Trophy and County Championship helped him return to his form and the national team. He said that for me it was about playing as many first-class matches as possible. This experience was important. When you want to get back in form, when you want to find your rhythm, when you have that concentration, it is important to play some long innings.
So, when I was playing for Sussex, I could have done that. When I played my first big innings against Derbyshire, I felt I had found my momentum. My concentration and everything was going well. I had a great time with the Sussexes.
Was confident of good performance
Pujara said that he was confident of doing well in the county matches as he was already in good form in the Ranji Trophy. He said that I played three matches for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy. It also helped me find my rhythm there. I knew I was batting well.
Two double centuries in County Championship
Pujara, 34, was not picked in the squad for India’s home Test series against Sri Lanka earlier this year. After this, he scored 720 runs in five matches for Sussex at an average of 120. Pujara also played an innings of 91 runs in 83 balls against Mumbai in Ranji Trophy. He scored four centuries, including two double centuries, for Sussex in the County Championship of the Second Division.
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