The youngster, originally picked in the India squad for England ODIs in place of Virender Sehwag, was expected to get a game. But the five-match series is over and the boy from Saurashtra has been left to carry drinks throughout the series.
With the series won in Mohali, Pujara was expecting a call up into the playing XI in Dharamsala. But that too did not happen as India stuck to the winning combination. Even in Mohali, Pujara was ignored for Rohit Sharma.
Before the fifth ODI, BCCI made it clear that Pujara won't be released to play in Ranji Trophy final which started on Saturday (January 26). At the time, many expected him to be playing the Sunday game. However, it has now been a case of neither here nor there. It is unfair to treat a cricketer like this.
One would like to ask BCCI what is the logic behind not giving Pujara any sort of a game. How will he be feeling on missing out on his team - Saurashtra's first ever Ranji Trophy final?
If one asks Pujara he will definitely be feeling humiliated with the attitude of Indian cricket board and the team management. Why do you need a guy who scored a triple ton few days back in first class cricket to be on drinks-carrying duty?
Even Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah admitted that he wanted both Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja for the final at Wankhede Stadium. But that request was shot down by BCCI.
If at all there was an opportunity to test Pujara's ODI credentials, it was at the picturesque HPCA Stadium on Sunday. The team has missed out on that now. One hopes Pujara has been told the reason for not being picked.
With India's next assignment being Tests against Australia in February-March, Pujara will get back to the team. But will this be the end of him as a one day player or does he get a chance in the near future?
Gautam Gambhir has clearly struggled throughout the England series and he should have been replaced by Pujara. But it is reputation over form for India.
Hope Pujara overcomes this tough period and scores loads of runs. Indian cricket needs him.