Pujara ignored again, not picked for Irani Cup

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Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:43 [IST]
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Mumbai, Jan 31: With the Test series against Australia starting on Feb 22, BCCI continues to ignore India's prolific batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, after he failed to make it to the squads for Irani Cup.

This further suggests that the Saurashtra batsman will be off action for 41 days if he is playing the first Test against Australia at Chennai starting Feb 22.

Pujara ignored, not picked for Irani Cup

Cheteshwar Pujara who played a magnificent role in the Test series against England was ignored for the ODI and T20s against Pakistan and England. The Saurashtra batsman who had scored a triple ton ahead of the ODI series in the Ranji Trophy was kept waiting while other players irrespective of their form were given more opportunities to strike form.

Though India had won the series against England the team management did not try playing Pujara in the last two ODIs and the request to release the Saurashtra batsman to play the Ranji Trophy final was also dismissed by BCCI.

Saurashtra in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara suffered an innings and 125-run loss against Mumbai as the hosts registered their 40th title win in Ranji Trophy.

Clueless about Pujara's exclusion from the three teams for Irani Cup that is starting from Feb 6, BCCI vice-president and SCA secretary Niranjan Shah told Mid-day, "I am not aware as to why he hasn't been selected in any of the three squads. I don't know what the selectors are really thinking. There is no question of Pujara asking for rest as he is making a mark in the Indian team."


Story first published:  Thursday, January 31, 2013, 10:54 [IST]
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