Mohali, Jan 23: Cheteshwar Pujara was yet again kept waiting by India captain MS Dhoni and the team management as he was not picked for the fourth One Day International against England here on Wednesday.
What was more shocking with the team selection was the name of Rohit Sharma figuring in the XI in place of his Mumbai team-mate Ajinkya Rahane.
Despite getting numerous chances in the shorter format, Rohit has not done anything extraordinary to merit a recall to the team. On the other hand, Pujara, having scored heavily in Ranji Trophy including a triple ton recently, continues to be ignored. Why is this happening?
How long will the selectors persist with Rohit? Why was Pujara named in the 15 and not played in any of the four ODIs? These are the questions need to be answered.
Rohit's last 6 ODI innings read like this 5, 0, 0, 4, 4 and 4. A total of just 13 runs in six innings but selectors feel the Mumbai right-hander has to get another chance as the expense of Pujara.
The 25-year-old Rohit won his 87th ODI cap today and in his previous 86, averages 30.43 with 1,978 runs.
By carrying drinks in each game and not playing could be very frustrating for Pujara. In the process he missed Ranji Trophy games as well for Saurashtra and will also not get the honour of playing in his team's first ever Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai from January 26.
So, why is Pujara being wasted in the Indian squad. What is the point in him just being drinks man in all international games. Maybe after this series, he might be forgotten for a while and his wait for ODI debut will grow longer and longer.
If selectors feel Pujara doesn't fit into the present XI, at least release him to play Ranji Trophy final. They won't do that too. as the BCCI has struck down Saurashtra's request.
BCCI's ways of handling cricketers is baffling!