Cheteshwar Pujara Unhappy with IPL Snub, Says Can’t Be Like Chris Gayle or Virender Sehwag

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 | 0


Cheteshwar Pujara expressed disappointment over being ignored by the franchisees for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The 28-year-old, a regular in India’s Test squad, has often been considered to be inappropriate for the shortest format of the game.

He, however, believes that it’s a false impression that people have in their minds. “It’s something I can’t do much about. I thought one of the franchises would pick me. But, even Gujarat didn’t,” the Saurashtra-lad told Sportstar.

Having played a decent role (232 runs in 6 matches) for his domestic side at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy that preceded the IPL, it was expected that Pujara might be picked by any of the teams. However, it wasn’t to be as he went unsold in the auction.

“I had a decent run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. We missed out on a place in the knockout round only because of a slightly poor run-rate. But I did well,” he insisted. “You don’t need to be attractive while scoring runs. What matters is the score.

“I can’t be like a Chris Gayle or a Virender Sehwag.”



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