Chateshwar Pujara averages over 50 in both List-A and first-class cricket. He is always looked upon as a Test batsman whose selection of shots is limited.
But the Saurashtra batsman is hopeful that people will change the perceptions about him, and that he may get picked in this year’s IPL auctions, scheduled to be held in Bangalore on February 20.
Although the 29 year old has no IPL games under his name since 2014, he has been in the form of his life in limited overs cricket for Saurashtra and also scored a ton in the DY Patil tournament. He is hoping that his, as well as the selector’s perception will change, starting with an IPL contract after putting his name in the pool for the auction.
“I am very hopeful that perception will go soon. I have got a T20 hundred in a DY Patil Tournament. Probably I am batting freely, I have added a few shots to my game, which is helping me. Even in Test format, the way I am striking the ball, the way I have been batting in the last few series, I have changed my game, which is helping me in T20 and one-day game. In near future I think things will change,” Pujara said.
Pujara has played in the IPL for three different teams, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab and his last IPL matches came in the 2014 when he was playing for Kings XI. Since then, he has established himself as the opener in Saurashtra’s T20 side and in the recently concluded DY Patil T20 tournament, he scored a hundred and a fifty for Indian Oil, for whom he finished as the tournament’s leading run-getter.
Even though his IPL career wasn’t great, Pujara has definitely caught the attention of the selectors with his recent domestic performances in the shorter version.