"I wouldn’t have got any games if I had been picked by an IPL team" - Cheteshwar Pujara
After Rahul Dravid, Cheteshwar Pujara has become "The Wall" for India at the number three position. The right-handed batter has proved it a lot of times and has won games single-handedly on several occasions.
However, Cheteshwar Pujara is having a great time in the ongoing County Championship 2022, England. He represents Sussex in the tournament and has amassed 720 runs after getting featured in five games that he played at an average of well around 120, including 4 hundred to his name.
But due to his lack of form with the willow in the South Africa series, the veteran Indian cricketer has been dropped by the side for the Test series against Sri Lanka.
The 34-yar-old has announced his arrival in his style with his consistent performance in County Championship and has been named in the Indian squad for the rescheduled Test match against England in England.
Practice in the nets is always different: Cheteshwar Pujara
After getting backed by the Indian team, the right-handed stalwart has shared a few words from Paris, as he is on holiday. Cheteshwar Pujara stated that he would not play any game if he has been roped by any of the franchises in the mega auction of the Indian Premier League.
"You can say that now in hindsight. Had I been picked by an IPL team, there were major chances that I wouldn’t have got any games. I would have just gone (to nets) and practised. Getting match practice and practice in the nets is always different.
So when the county thing happened, I just said yes. The major reason I said yes to the county (stint) is that I wanted my old rhythm back," Cheteshwar Pujara was quoted as saying for The Indian Express by CricTracker.
"I was positive, there was no doubt about it. The way my county stint went, I was hopeful that I will make a comeback to the Indian team. But when I went to play county cricket, the India comeback was never on my mind; I just wanted to find my rhythm and I knew one big innings would help me find my rhythm back," the 34-year-old said.