Cheteshwar Pujara harbours hopes of playing for India in ODIs again

Cheteshwar Pujara harbours hopes of playing for India in ODIs again

Pujara has played 103 List-A games in his career and scored 4445 runs at an average of 54.2 with the strike rate of 78 including 11 centuries.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara is one of India’s most reliable batsmen in Test cricket. Over the last few years, he has been as good as Virat Kohli in the longest format and provided the side with rock-solid stability. Whenever the team seems to be in trouble, Pujara is the man on whom they rely upon. He was magnificent on the tour of Australia and played a critical helping the side win the first Test series down under.

However, despite achieving several laurels in Test cricket, Pujara’s limited-overs game has never been regarded as highly. The right-hander just featured in five ODIs for India and scored 51 runs at a strike rate of 39 and average of 10. Therefore, he was never to be in the reckoning again since 2014. However, the 30-year-old who is probably in the best phase of his career now seems to be optimistic about a comeback soon.

I have no doubt that I can play white-ball cricket

When recently asked about his abilities in the limited-overs format, Cheteshwar Pujara said that he has no doubt in his skills. He cited that he did well for Yorkshire last season and hopes to play for India soon. He also went on to say that things will change in case he gets more opportunities and exposure.

“Not at all. If you look at my List A cricket, the way I have batted the number of runs that I have scored is very good and when I played white ball cricket for Yorkshire last season, I scored many runs. I think I had a hundred and three fifties in about four innings which shows I can play white ball cricket,” he said.

“And I personally have no doubt about it that I can play white ball cricket and it is something where I can get a little more exposure, if I get more opportunity then things will change,” Pujara added as quoted by Cricket Next. His reply when asked if he wants to play ODIs for India again was an affirmative yes.

Pujara played 103 List-A games in his career and scored 4445 runs at an average of 54.2 and strike rate of 78 including 11 centuries.

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