Out of Team India for the first time in 5 years, did not sell in IPL; This is the reason for the comeback


New Delhi. The rescheduled Test match between India and England being played at Edgbaston stands at an exciting juncture after three days of play. The fourth day of this Test is going to be important for both the teams. If India is successful in taking the lead beyond 400, then it will not take long to slip the series out of England’s hands and if England retaliates, then after 15 years of India’s dream of a series win in England will not be fulfilled. However, as long as Cheteshwar Pujara is standing at the crease. Team India’s hopes will also remain tied.

The third day started with a century from Jonny Bairstow. This was his third consecutive century in Tests. Even though Bairstow got off to a slow start. But, later changed gear and batted quickly and completed his hundred in 119 balls. On the third day, Pujara also scored 50 runs in 139 balls. But, it was not discussed that much. However, this innings was important for India. If Team India is successful in winning the Edgbaston Test, then Pujara’s contribution will also be important in that. It was not easy for him to make a comeback in Team India.

Pujara dropped from Sri Lanka series

IPL for Pujara mega auction of 2022 I didn’t buy any team. However, this did not matter to him, as he was not being sold in the IPL auction since 2015. In 2021, of course, Chennai Super Kings bought Pujara, considered the ‘wall of Team India’. But, did not give a chance to play a single match in the entire season. 2022 was no different for Pujara. No team played a bet on him on the mega auction and he was also dropped from the Indian team selected for the 2-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Scored runs at an average of 28 in the last 28 Tests

This happened for the first time after 2017, when he was out of the plan of the Indian Test team. The reason for this was his performance in Test cricket in the last 3 years. Pujara had not scored a century since the Sydney Test in 2019. In the last 28 Tests, he scored runs at an average of 28.

It was not that Pujara was not contributing for the team. 56 in the Brisbane Test, 77 in Sydney were India’s defeat to avoid. When India won the Lord’s Test on the tour of England last year. In that too Pujara had an important contribution. Even though he scored 45 runs in the second innings. But, this innings of his worked in giving India an edge and on the basis of this, India won that Test. This was the reason why Pujara was not dropped from the team despite the pressure on England tour.

Not selling in IPL was a profitable deal

Not finding a buyer in the IPL this year proved to be a big deal for Pujara, as it cleared the way for him to play county cricket and paved the way for a comeback in Team India. When the entire team was playing IPL, Pujara was scoring runs in county cricket in England and he was playing big innings, not just centuries. He scored 2 double centuries in county cricket. Played an unbeaten innings of 170 runs for Sussex. His time spent at the crease in English conditions supported his sinking Test career. On the basis of this performance, Pujara returned to the Indian team through the Edgbaston Test.

Pujara made a slight change in stance

At Edgbaston, Pujara was seen playing with the changed technique. During the commentary, Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara caught this point and he explained why Pujara seems to be technically stronger this time. He said that Pujara has changed his stance. They are standing a little sign-on compared to last year. Because of this, he is able to see the ball better and is taking the right decision to play or leave.

Especially the balls of Stuart Broad. However, there has been no significant change in Pujara’s batting other than this. He used to leave the balls going outside the off-stump in England earlier as well. In the last 9 Tests played in England, he has dropped 30 percent of the ball while batting.

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Pujara Warrior for fellow players

In England this summer, in a Test match, teams have scored more runs with the new ball after 30 overs have passed, when the ball has softened and the middle-order batsmen have taken full advantage of it. However, the situation did not change for Pujara, as he had to face the new ball on most of the occasions and Pujara emerged as the heist for the team every time. For this reason, teammates also consider him a warrior. Mohammad Siraj himself said this after the end of the third day’s play in the Edgbaston Test.

He said, “Pujara showed up in Australia, now doing the same thing in Edgbaston. Whenever the team needs, they play with this spirit. He perseveres when things get tough and that’s his biggest quality.”

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