Cheteshwar Pujara IPL : The much-anticipated 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just nine days away and the cricket fanatics can’t just control their excitement and they have already started cheering for their respective favourite teams. The cricketing carnival will kickoff with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 9 in Chennai. All the eight teams have started with their preparations and training sessions for the upcoming season and the players are also thrilled with excitement as IPL returns home after nearly two years.
In a recent video going viral on the internet, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) newest recruit Cheteshwar Pujara is seen adopting a revamped batting approach. Pujara is seen clobbering big sixes with a new batting stance in the CSK nets ahead of IPL 2021. The Test cricket specialist batsman smacked the duo of Karn Sharma and Deepak Chahar for some incredible sixes while adopting the T20 explosive batting approach.
In an interesting incident, the CSK members present at the IPL 2021 auction event received a round of applause when they bought Cheteshwar Pujara who is often regarded as a Test specialist. Pujara has played pivotal roles in India’s back-to-back historic Test series win in Australia and thus, this was a great gesture from Chennai to include a veteran in their side. Chennai will play their first match this season against Delhi Capitals on April 10 in Mumbai.
Ahead of the IPL 2021 season, Pujara has stated that making a comeback in the IPL means a lot to him as the right hander last played the tournament in 2014. Pujara also mentioned that he felt really good when all the franchises applauded CSK at the auction. He also thanked CSK captain MS Dhoni and owner Mr. Srinivasan for showing faith in him for the upcoming season of the IPL.
“It’s been long for sure (he played 30 games). I was last part of Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). My last game, I think, was against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede in 2014. To make a comeback to the IPL means a lot to me. It is the best league in the world and I have missed out on being part of it for a quite some time,” said Cheteshwar Pujara.
“I could not have been more pleased. I am really proud and happy about that gesture by the franchises. It is the respect one gets for representing the country. I thank the franchise, Mr Srinivasan and Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai for showing faith in me,” concluded Pujara.
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