Cheteshwar Pujara scored only one half-century in 2023.
Pujara’s name is not in the upcoming Test series.
New Delhi. The Indian team had to face a crushing defeat from Australia in the World Test Championship Final (WTC Final). Since then, there has been turmoil in Team India. Now Rohit Sharma & Co. will start the new championship season with the (IND vs WI) Test series against the West Indies. For this, BCCI has announced the team. The defeat has had a huge impact on some players, including Cheteshwar Pujara. The name of Pujara, who is called the Wall of Team India, is not there in the Test team against the West Indies. Seeing the son’s name not in the list, the pain of the father also overflowed.
For the last few years, Pujara struggled with very poor form, after which he also had to become a victim of criticism. Not only this, he was also out of the team for several months. But the calm-tempered Pujara did not give up and by scoring a mountain of runs in county cricket, forced the selectors to return him to the team. Pujara had executed a brilliant century innings on the Bangladesh tour. But in 2023, nothing special was seen from his bat. At the same time, even in the World Test Championship final, he could not support Team India in difficult times. In such a situation, his comeback plan seems to be failing. Due to non-selection, the pain of Pujara’s father has also come out.
He will play county cricket – Arvind Pujara
Pujara’s father said on Indian Express, ‘Pujara is very strong mentally. I can’t comment on the selection but he was working hard in the nets after the Duleep Trophy squad was announced and will continue to play for the county. As a father and coach, I have no reason to believe why he cannot make a comeback.
Pujara flopped in Border Gavaskar series
In the year 2023, Pujara’s highest score was only 59 runs. He has scored only 177 runs in 8 innings. However, Pujara’s figures against Australia were impressive, due to which he was expected to score big in the Border Gavaskar series. But he was not able to leave an impression worthy of returning to the home grounds as well, while young batsman Shubman Gill has also confirmed his place in the team in a sudden turn of events.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2023, 18:09 IST