Team India cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara, who was disappointed by being snubbed at the Indian Premier League 2018 player auction by all the eight IPL teams, had gone on to England to take part in the County Cricket season to play for Yorkshire. It was claimed by the 30-year-old, who is touted as a Test specialist, that playing and performing in County cricket was going to be beneficial for his career and possibilities in the Indian cricket team. However, it is not turning out as great as Cheteshwar Pujara would’ve expected, as playing in the first 5 innings for Yorkshire, the Saurashtra cricketer struggled to contribute to both the team and his morale, tattering for low scores – 2, 18, 7, 6 and 9 – every single time.
Pujara scores 2 and 18 in Yorkshire vs Essex
Yorkshire’s first match was against Essex County, but was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled. In the second match, which was against Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire won by 164 runs riding on the excellent performances by batsmen Andy Hodd, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance, among others, but not Cheteshwar Pujara.
In the team’s first innings, coming in to bat at No. 3, Pujara scored 2 runs off 15 deliveries before being dismissed on LBW (leg before wicket) by Nottighamshire’s Luker Fletcher. In his 2nd innings, Pujara stepped up a little and scored 18 of 33, which include two boundaries as well, before getting run out by Jake Libby.
Continues struggle with 7 & 6 in Yorkshire v Somerset
In the second clash, Yorkshire vs Somerset, Cheteshwar Pujara played scored 7 runs off 42 balls before getting sent back by Lewis Gregory, on yet another LBW. Owing to the failure of the Indian batsman, along with the failure of other Yorkshire batsmen, the team failed to reach the target score of 216 runs, and were wrapped out for a dismal 96/10. In the second innings, Pujara scored 6 off 28, registering a low strike rate of 21, hitting a single boundary nonetheless.
As Yorkshire failed to chase the innings with a strong batting performance, which was highlighted by the failure of the Team India batsman, Somerset won the match by 118 runs.
Pujara scores 9 and 41 in Yorkshire vs Essex
The Yorkshire vs Essex clash started on May 4 and was marked by another disappointing performance by Cheteshwar Pujara. In the fifth innings of the Indian batsman’s ongoing county cricket campaign for Yorkshire, the 30-year-old scored 9 runs including two boundaries, off 11 balls, before getting dismissed by James Porter. As Pujara again failed to register a double-digit score, Essex wrapped up the team for 50 runs.
Quiet day at Chelmsford 😳
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) May 4, 2018
In the first session for the team on Day 2 (May 5), Pujara’s team opened their batting with fiery performances by Adam Lyth (27), Jonny Bairstow (50) and Harry Book (71*). Cheteshwar Pujara seemed to be on a tangent which was similar to his batting mates in Yorkshire, as he scored 41 runs this time, consisting of eight boundaries, before getting bowled out by Peter Siddle.
As of May 5, Yorkshire lead the match by 117 runs, and are looking in a good shape to continue their momentum and win this one. Cheteshwar Pujara, on the other hand, needs to be wary of how he performs for the team, as it would be consequential for both, his confidence, and his scope in the Indian Cricket Team.