Cheteshwar Pujara is effortlessly hitting sixes in the nets while preparing for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Cheteshwar Pujara will be in the limelight in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian Test stalwart is returning to the IPL for the first time since 2014. Before this IPL contract with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), he has featured for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings.
After Punjab Kings released him after 2014, Pujara has gone on to register himself in the auction every year but failed to bag any contract.
This year, the Chennai Super Kings have bought him for his base price of 50 Lakhs INR at the auction last month. Pujara is now keen to repay CSK’s faith in him.
A Twitter user recently shared a video where we can see Cheteshwar Pujara smacking sixes off the bowling of CSK bowlers in the nets. Pujara was effortlessly hitting the sixes by resorting to a high backlift stance.
In the beginning, he hit the pace bowler Deepak Chahar over a deep-mid wicket. Then he slog-swept Karn Sharma.
We could also see him steeping down the track and hit over the long-on region. He also flicked a pacer aerially off a ball on his pads. In the end, he went over the extra-cover region.
Watch the video:
Cheteshwar Pujara is an integral part of the Indian Test team. However, he has not proved himself in T20. Now, he is ready to make amends in the T20 format. Pujara has scored 390 runs at an average of 21 and a strike-rate of 99.74 in the 30 IPL games he has played.
Pujara is however more than capable to improve his T20 numbers. In 2019, Pujara had scored his maiden T20 hundred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy playing for Saurashtra. He will be looking to replicate the same innings in this year’s IPL.
CSK will be looking to make a strong show this year after their horrible outing last year
CSK will also be looking to come back in style in this year’s IPL. They had a horrible campaign last year when they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in their IPL history. The MS Dhoni-led side finished at the 7th position in the points table after winnings just 6 of their 14 games.
CSK has already started its preparations for IPL 2021. Their star players have already arrived in their training camp and have begun their preparations for the season.
CSK did not spend too much in the auction but has built a balanced side in hopes of winning the IPL title for the fourth time. Captain Cool will definitely be optimistic of their chances in this year’s IPL.