Someone who was seen as Dravid’s successor, a Saurashtra batsman who impressed cricket lovers from around the world with his solid defence and technique. An average of above 60, 3 double centuries and a consistent performance was what Pujara was known for an year ago. But nothing in this universe remains constant and so was Pujara’s batting as his average fell from 60 to below 30, runs stopped coming from his bat and lack of chances due to internal politics in the dressing room didn’t allow this young gem to cement his place in the Indian Dressing room.
Unfortunately Pujara was dropped and it looked like another talent like Vinod Kambli had been wasted………………
CA Pujara joined Nottinghamshire Cricket Club and started playing in County Cricket because English conditions are considered as the most difficult situations to bat with overcast and the new ball seaming more than Australia or any other Sub continent nation.
He scored a century for the club against the might side Yorkshire to prove that form is temporary but class is permanent and he is a lively example of this.But still he was not being included in the national squad and was dropped by Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2015. This will always be a question of how important is Pujara for T20 or ODI cricket.
Pujara was selected as a member of the test squad against Sri Lanka. But still Rohit Sharma was given preference over him for the 1st two test matches.But it was the injury of Murli Vijay which proved to be an opportunity for Cheteshwar to prove his mettle.
It was a difficult pitch to bat on.Wickets kept falling from the one end but Pujara again proved why he is considered as the last classical and orthodox batsman by scoring a century against the Sri Lankan side and giving a strong answer to his critics on a pitch where players like Rahane and Kohli failed.
“Let your bat do the Talking” seems like this is what Cheteshwar believes in.It gives immense pleasure to watch his lovely drives and flicks and we hope Pujara’s good form continues for long and it keeps entertaining the cricket viewers.