IPL 2021: CSK’s Pujara excited to play under MS Dhoni, working on a new skill to switch from Test to IPL- Chennai Super Kings (CSK) new recruit Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to make his comeback in IPL after a long gap of 7 years. After his heroics in Australia, CSK bought him for Rs 50 lakh—a gesture that was praised by the all IPL franchise during the auction ceremony. Known for his defensive techniques in the longest format, Pujara is working on a new skill to switch to the shortest format. The right-handed-batsman in a recent interview revealed that he is looking forward to hitting the ball out of the park in IPL 2021.
The cricketer said that he is practising the shots needed in the T20 format. He is working on areas to help him achieve results in match situations.
“Hitting the ball out of the park is a shot needed in the shorter formats and I am working on it for sure,” Cheteshwar Pujara told Cricbuzz.
The 33-year-old had played his last IPL match for Punjab Kings against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in IPL 2014. He has scored just 390 runs in 30 matches, something that he needs to change in the IPL 2021.
Pujara also recalled a match in which he stepped out of Trent Boult against in a Test match New Zealand in Indore. He is ready to adapt to any place in the batting department.
Pujara also said that he is delighted to play under MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings.
“I am lucky that I will be playing under Mahi bhai who was my captain when I made international debut,” quoted him as saying.
The cricketer further added that the cash-rich league means a lot to him. “To make a comeback to the IPL means a lot to me,” Pujara said.
“I love playing cricket, I don’t want to miss out on any format. I am glad that I am part of the IPL now and it can only help me grow as a cricketer,” he added.
He further stressed that he couldn’t play much limited-overs format as he is busy in national duty during domestic tournaments like Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare.
“When a white-ball tournament is happening in the domestic circuit, I would be busy playing for the Indian team,” he opined.
When Pujara was questioned about his quickfire century for IOC against Central Railway in 2008 ahead of the inaugural season and the growth of IPL since then, he stated, “I don’t overrate myself as a T20 player.”
“Having played a lot of cricket at the international level, I am very confident I will do well in the shorter format too. I feel I am part of the right setup in the IPL,” Pujara signed off.
Chennai Super Kings are currently lodged in Mumbai. They will play against Delhi Capitals on April 10 in their opening match.
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