- Although Pujara is ready for his first IPL stint in six years, the big question surrounding him is whether he will make it to CSK’s Playing XI.
UPDATE APR 09, 2021 07:17 IST
After being unsold for six years, Cheteshwar Pujara finally has an IPL side. At the IPL 2021 auction in February this year, Pujara, the Indian testing specialist, was chosen by the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings at his base price of ₹50 lakh. CSK is Pujara’s third IPL franchise to have represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings in the past.
Although Pujara is ready for his first IPL stint in six years, the big question surrounding him is whether he will make it to CSK’s Playing XI. Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes that while Pujara is an exceptional cricketer, the value he adds to T20 cricket is questionable. In a blink-of-an-eye format, Lee believes Pujara’s biggest challenge will be scoring points quickly, a trait people typically don’t associate with him or his stick.
“You can look at two different aspects. First, he’s a great cricketer – there’s no doubt about his ability, no doubt about his technique or his determination to beat time. But when you look at the other Side of things, you ‘I also have to think it’s not the cricket test, it’s the T20s. It’s over in 90 minutes, 20 hours, “Lee said on the show called T20 Crazy on SportsAdda.
Last week, a video of Pujara hitting with a reshaped posture and smoking a six in a CSK net session went viral, clearly showing his fierce determination to crack the code of the T20 cricket stick. However, referring to the India-Australia test run earlier this year, Lee pointed out that Pujara’s strength is to buy time and that it will be interesting to see how the batsman responds to the challenge of T20 cricket.
“You have to score points as fast as possible. Can he do that under pressure? Maybe he can. What we’ve seen in the Australian series recently is that he loves to beat time so look that’s an interesting call. I’m “I’m a huge fan of Pujara, I think he has a lot to offer. But let’s see if he can do it in this format,” Lee explained.