Cheteshwar Pujara Laments Lack of Opportunities in Shorter Formats

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 | 0


India’s Cheteshwar Pujara has proved his caliber in Test cricket and has fairly cemented his place in the side. With an average of over 47 in 32 matches, the 28-year-old has established himself as one of the mainstays of India’s batting line-up in the longest format of the game.

However, Pujara has often been touted as a ‘Test specialist’ and has therefore missed on opportunities of featuring in the shorter versions of cricket. Having gotten to play just 5 ODIs in his career so far, the Saurashtra lad rues lack of chances to stake a claim in white-ball cricket.

“I think so (that cricket has been unfair to me) because I have not got enough opportunities to prove myself in the shorter format of the game,” Pujara told Sportstar, before accentuating his dominance in List A cricket, where he’s scored 3572 runs in 82 matches at an average of over 54.

“If I have played more number of Tests or four-dayers, and if I perform there, they say I am performing there,” he continued. “But if you see the amount of List A games I have played and the kind of runs I have scored, no one can question that.”

Pujara, however, is hopeful of proving his mettle in the near future. “It is just about not getting the exposure at the international level. I feel sometimes I was unlucky, but I am improving. Age is on my side. And with my game, I can definitely play the shorter format.”




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