Despite the batsmen’s disappointing performance in the Test series against England, the road of comeback has become difficult for star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara’s bat failed to assist him in both innings of the match against Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy. Pujara had scored just three runs in the first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t even open his account in the second innings. Previously, Pujara had proven his right to return to Team India with consistent performances.
After the continued failure of Shubhman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, there is a debate about the return of Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara had given the selectors pause by scoring 535 runs in 6 innings in this Ranji Trophy season. But in the fifth game for Saurashtra, Pujara could only score three runs in both innings. This poor performance has also affected Pujara’s average. Pujara had posted a run average of 107 so far this season. But after the failure against Maharashtra, Pujara’s average has dropped to 76.58.
Still chances for Pujara
If Shubman Gill flops in the second innings of the second Test, the path to a comeback could open for Pujara. Cheteshwar Pujara has been away from the team since the final of the World Test Championship last year. Pujara, who has played more than 100 Tests for India, had recently stated that he wants to play for Team India again under any circumstances."text-align: justify;">However, Cheteshwar Pujara also has the support of former Team India coach Ravi Shastri. Shastri has warned Shubman Gill that Pujara should be given a chance if he fails to score runs. Shastri said that Pujara scores runs and if the young players cannot prove themselves, they should be called up again.