It’s not every day that you see Cheteshwar Pujara and IPL uttered in the same sentence, so when Chennai Super Kings bought India’s star Test batsman during the 2021 auctions on Thursday, people across the board were quite intrigued.
Yes, the same Pujara who frustrated the Australian bowling attack in the now-concluded historic Test series. There he braved one blow after the another. Pujara hung in there till he could, solid as a rock, stealing boundaries upon every opportunity that came his way. He was battered and bruised, but he remained unmoved.
Now picture him in a T20 scenario. It’s a different ball game altogether yet Pujara is no alien to IPL.
Pujara last played in the IPL in 2014 and has overall played 30 matches in the tournament for 390 runs at a strike rate of 99.74 with one half-century. He has overall played 64 T20s for 1356 runs at a strike rate of 109.35.
Come Thursday, Pujara was picked by Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs 50 lakh in the IPL auction 2021 and the room was filled with applause from other franchise members.
The cricketer was ecstatic too and he tweeted at CSK saying: “Thank you for showing the faith. Look forward!"
Many others were happy by the surprise entry.
The memes followed next.
One Pujara fan went ahead and tweeted a compilation of Pujara hitting sixes. Yes, Pujara hits sixes too.
Will cricket fans see a blazing Pujara in IPL? Only time will tell.