Bangalore, July 14: The fledgeling international career of one of India's new-comer Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, will be on hiatus for four months owing to a knee-operation he has just undergone. The right-handed batsman injured the joint during the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year, which effectively kept him out of the West Indies' tour as well.
The 23-year-old Pujara is convalescing at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where he is employing a pair of crutches to move about.
"The last time I injured my left knee, during the second IPL, there was a lot of pain," he told a leading Indian news paper. "This time there was no pain at all and doctors believed I could get fit for the tour of England. But I was asked to consult Dr Andrew Williams who advised me to undergo surgery."
The surgery stalls Pujara's attempts to break back into the Test XI. Following numerous bountiful seasons as a run-scorer on the domestic scene, he impressed selectors with a gutsy second-innings 72 to secure a home-series win against Australia last year.
His absence from the West Indies tour and the fupcoming visit to England has opened the way for Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to stake their claim for the only middle-order opening available in the Indian team.
"I don't know what the future holds. I'm hopeful of making a comeback," Pujara said. "I think I have given my best during the opportunities I have got."