Cheteshwar Pujara, the mainstay of Team India’s batting unit in Australia, wants to play in the Indian Premier League. The 33-year old has gone unsold despite registering himself in the auction. He last played for Kings XI Punjab in 2014. In his last IPL game against the Mumbai Indians, the right-handed batsman scored 18-ball 19 before getting out to Corey Anderson.
Despite his absence from the league, Pujara has not given the hope of playing in the popular T20 league.
“Definitely want to be part of the IPL. Given an opportunity, I am confident I’ll be able to do well,” Pujara was quoted as saying in NDTV.
In 30 IPL games, Pujara has scored 390 runs at an average and strike-rate of 20.53 and 99.74 respectively.
While he represented Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010, he moved to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011. Pujara was there for three seasons. In 2014, the Rajkot-born joined KXIP, who released him after one season.