Cheteshwar Pujara got an IPL call back after seven years in a recently concluded IPL auction held on february 18. The Right-hander middle order was picked by Chennai Super Kings for the 50lac. He spoke to Cricbuzz recently on his white-ball return and preparations for the T20 tournament. Read More Langer says 'Position unavailable' after Smith shows interest in Captaincy
"It's been long for sure. 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." Pujara on his last IPL game memory that came inn 2014.
Pujara was quite contended with his inclusion to the CSK squad, he said, "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."
CSK owner N Srinivasan told Cricbuzz that he could not have let the backbone of Indian test team remain especially after his heroics in Australia in December last year. Pujara was pleased and responded, " It is very kind of him to say that. I feel privileged to be part of such a franchise which respects the performance of the players for the national team. I am lucky that I will be playing under Mahi bhai who was my captain when I made international debut. And when Mr Srinivasan, who has been associated with cricket for a long time, says such things, it feels great. It is an emotional moment for me."
Pujara was asked if he believes that the T20 adulterates the technique of Test players, "Not at all! The two formats require different techniques. One has to master both. You need to find ways to adapt and adjust. Knowing your game is important here. If you know that, you can make the adjustments." he reckoned.
Pujara has had played 30 games but only got to bat in 22 innings and scored 390 runs at an average of 20.52 and Strike Rate of 99.74.