Cheteshwar Pujara set an example for the players going through a rough patch by returning to the national side.

Cheteshwar Pujara set an example for the players going through a rough patch by returning to the national side.

The 34-year-old returned to the Indian squad for the rescheduled 5th Test after being dropped from red-ball cricket.

Pujara, whose place was once guaranteed in the Playing XI, suffered a lean patch in the last few series. 

In recent years, the player looked like a mere shadow of his illustrious past and was dropped from the squad along with Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma.

However, his performance for Sussex in the County Championship forced the selector to include him in the squad. 

After being dropped, Pujara played Ranji Trophy for Saurashtra and also played for Sussex.

The player found his rhythm back when he struck two half-centuries for Saurashtra.

For Sussex, Pujara smashed four centuries in which two were double hundreds. In an interview with BCCI, Pujara revealed that playing county cricket was the most important thing for him.

“The most important thing was playing many first-class games. I was preparing for this when I was playing back home before joining Sussex,” he said.

“In the three games I played for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, I found my rhythm back and knew I was batting well. It was about getting a big score, so when I had that in my first game, I knew everything was back to normal. I was finding my footwork, and the back lift was coming along well,” he added.

“After that, I wanted to enjoy my game and contribute to the team’s success. The most important thing is having a good time on the field. I love this game and enjoy playing cricket, so whenever I am on the field, I want to try and make the most of it.”

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