IPL auctions are all the time “tricky” terrain and going unsold doesn’t make Cheteshwar Pujara a pissed off cricketer as he fights the general public notion of being a red-ball specialist. There are gamers who’ve had related strike-rates (110 roughly) however acquired picked by franchises however the architect of India’s historic series-win in Australia in 2018-19 has been left excessive and dry. Does it damage or irk him, letting others resolve about his credentials as a T20 participant? “As a cricketer, I can’t have that opinion. Also I feel that I am someone who will never have such egos because I have seen and known IPL auctions to be tricky,” Pujara instructed PTI throughout an unique interview.
“I have seen world class players like Hashim Amla go unsold at the auctions. There have been lot of good T20 players, who have missed out on auction. So I don’t have any big ego that they are not picking me. Yes, given a choice I would like to play IPL,” mentioned India”s most essential Test batsman alongside skipper Virat Kohli.
Does he really feel he’s a sufferer of public notion so prevalent within the Indian cricket eco-system?
“I would say yes, it’s a perception being tagged as a Test player and I can’t do much about it,” mentioned the person who arrange India’s 2-1 sequence win in Australia with greater than 500 runs within the 2018-19 sequence.
“I have always said that I should get opportunities and once I get opportunities, then only I can prove myself as white ball cricketer. I have performed well in List A cricket (average of 54), also in domestic T20s (century in Mushtaq Ali Trophy). I have done well in List A games in England.”
“Performance is something which I can control and I will do that. Only thing I can do is wait for my opportunity. I am more than happy to play all formats. As long as I playing the game, I will remain a student of the game as there is no end to what you can learn. But as and when I get an opportunity, then only I can change the perception.,” mentioned the affable man from Rajkot.
Other years throughout IPL, Pujara is in England taking part in county cricket both for Derbyshire, Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire which wasn’t potential as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Isn’t it irritating that when all his India mates can be attending to play matches (in IPL), he can solely have web periods with nonetheless no readability on home cricket?
“Disappointed, yes, but frustrating, no. I haven’t been able to go to UK not because I didn’t want to play or they didn’t want me but because of the situation which is same for all cricketers.”
“I have to understand these are tough times. It is more important to be with family and stay safe and not worry too much about not getting too much match practice. There are people, who have endured way more difficulties,” he mentioned.
Contentment is essential to main an excellent life and the 32-year-old with 77 Test matches and almost 6000 runs (5840 with 18 tons of) understands that.
“I wouldn’t say that I feel like I don’t have this or I don’t have that. I am happy with what I have got,” he mentioned.
“Be it for Indian Oil in office cricket or playing for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, my commitment is always above 100 percent. My commitment is to the game and remaining true to it,” Pujara mentioned.
“I have won matches for India.”
“Nothing beats the feeling when you win matches for India with millions supporting you. I know that feeling and you can’t beat that,” he concluded.
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