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IPL public sale snub a blessing in disguise for Cheteshwar Pujara

On Sunday afternoon, because the Indian Premier League juggernaut ready to maneuver from Mumbai to Kolkata, Cheteshwar Pujara posted some footage of him and spouse Puja with the Eiffel Tower within the background on his Twitter deal with.

‘Quint cosy cafes, walks on stunning streets and nice firm in Paris,’ he wrote below the photographs. Just every week in the past, Pujara had completed a bumper stint with county facet Sussex and had greater than earned for himself a celebratory jaunt throughout the English Channel. Hours later, on Sunday night, he returned to the India squad that can journey to England in June for the ultimate Test of the five-match sequence – which had been postponed final yr – and can now be performed from July 1 in Birmingham.

But the opposite veteran batsman who had been dropped together with Pujara for the house Tests towards Sri Lanka in March, Ajinkya Rahane, hasn’t made it again.

The fates of the 2 middle-order stalwarts had been seemingly intertwined for fairly some time. Their struggles to publish huge runs had performed out in parallel; they’d fought towards their fading fortunes with a courageous, counter-attacking century partnership within the second innings of the Johannesburg Test towards South Africa in the beginning of the yr. Nevertheless, time had appeared to expire when the nationwide selectors opted to check out contemporary expertise for the Sri Lanka Tests.

In February, the IPL public sale had taken place, the place each Pujara and Rahane had put of their names. Pujara would go unsold, and it had appeared even Rahane would, earlier than he was picked up at his base worth of Rs 1 crore, the only bid coming from Kolkata Knight Riders. And that’s the place, in hindsight, the duo’s fortunes diverged.

By the time Pujara started his county stint towards Derbyshire on April 14, Rahane’s IPL season had floor to a halt after solely 80 runs at simply a-run-a-ball strike fee from his first 5 matches. From their sixth sport on April 15, KKR would drop Rahane. And by the point he acquired his subsequent sport, on May 9, Pujara had racked up a sequence of 6, 201 not out, 109, 12, 203, 16 and 170 not out in 4 matches.

A 95-Test veteran churning out doubles and daddy tons within the nation the place the workforce is about to play a sequence decider – the timing, weight and significance of Pujara’s runs pressured the selectors to convey him again. As he advised this paper on Sunday, had he been picked up by some franchise on the IPL public sale, he might not have gotten to play even a single sport within the IPL, and would have been confined to internet classes. Now that he’s again within the nationwide squad, and given his huge expertise in English situations, it’s arduous to envisage his title not being on the workforce sheet at Edgbaston on July 1.

Mayank dropped

With KL Rahul returning to the Test squad as vice-captain, and Shubman Gill retaining his spot as nicely, Mayank Agarwal has been not noted. Agarwal opened together with skipper Rohit Sharma within the Sri Lanka Tests and had managed underwhelming scores of 33, 4 and 22. Before that, he had had a troublesome tour of South Africa, the place he may common simply 22.5 in six innings. Meanwhile, Gill hasn’t performed a Test since December, when he had a fairly respectable outing within the New Zealand dwelling Tests, with scores of 52, 1, 44 and 47. In a Test squad with none main surprises, quick bowler Prasidh Krishna has been rewarded with a spot. Krishna has performed seven ODIs up to now and averages 17.61 for his 49 first-class wickets.

India Test squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

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With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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