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Enough time for county stint, will take call after IPL 2021: Cheteshwar Pujara

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said he will play county cricket after representing Chennai Super Kings in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Chennai Super Kings for picking him in IPL 2021. (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)

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  • Chennai Super Kings bought Cheteshwar Pujara for Rs 50 lakh
  • Enough time for county stint, will take call after IPL 2021: Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Cheteshwar Pujara hopeful for short county stint after IPL 2021

India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara wants to prove himself in the shortest format after finding a team in the Indian Premier League after a gap of seven years. Notably, Chennai Super Kings roped in Pujara at his base price (INR 50 lakhs) at the IPL auction on Thursday, which means he’ll once again play under his first India captain, MS Dhoni.

Pujara has never shied away from expressing his interest to play white-ball cricket and the senior batsman let his bat speak when he returned to T20 cricket with a hundred at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019. Pujara thanked Chennai Super Kings for buying him and said that he would still love to play country cricket after the cash-rich T20 league.

“Once IPL gets over, there will be a window for me to play county games. That call I will take once IPL gets over. There will be enough time to play some county games. We also have a couple of practice games in England once the Test series begins there,” Cheteshwar Pujara said in the virtual press conference.

“There is plenty of time to play county cricket but it is good to be back in the IPL. You know, I always want to play the short format of the game, IPL has produced so many great cricketers, some young talent we have got through the IPL, it has helped the Indian team.

“My focus once this Test series gets over will be on the IPL and once IPL gets over, I will think about county games and then there is a big series coming up against England. I am very hopeful that we will play the World Test Championship final as well which is in June,” Pujara added.

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