IPL Auction 2021: Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara back in IPL fold after CSK buy him at base price
Having last featured in the IPL in 2014, Pujara has been part of 30 IPL matches, scoring 390 runs at an average of 20.53 with a strike rate of 99.74.
Pujara had collected a lot more runs (521 at 41.41 strike rate and three hundreds) in his player of the series performance to ensure a historic triumph in Australia two seasons ago but considering the "extraordinary circumstances" of the recent showdown that just went by, he rates his effort (271 at 29.20 and three half-centuries) equally special.
Inexperience can sometimes be a virtue.
The greatness of Pujara lies in the way he has guarded himself against straight or incoming balls Down Under. Apart from the low shooter that removed him in Melbourne, he has not been LBW or bowled in his seven innings thus far.
Sri Lanka's best hope would be to dismiss India below 500 and hope for a magical performance from their batsmen to keep their hopes alive in the Test match.
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India A skipper Cheteshwar Pujara has smashed his third first-class triple century in the match against West Indies A at Bangalore.