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IPL deal will not be a restriction in playing county cricket this year: Cheteshwar Pujara

February 21, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

India's ace batsman Cheteshwar Pujara mentioned that the IPL deal would not be a restriction for playing county cricket this year. The 33-year-old was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 50 lakh in a mini-auction of the Indian Premier League. Pujara has so far featured in 30 games in the IPL, and he will now don the yellow jersey. He last played for Kings XI Punjab in 2014, the year they reached the final. Cheteshwar Pujara could only manage to score 125 runs in all the six matches that he played. His highest score for the franchise was 40 at an average of 25 and a strike rate of 100.80. KXIP finished as the finalists that year as they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in a last-over thriller. 

Pujara will represent his fourth IPL franchise after seven years

Pujara's performance in the 2014 edition meant that Kings XI Punjab had no second thoughts in releasing him. After that, the batsman was never picked by any team in future IPL Auctions until the 2021 season. Now, the red-ball specialist is prepared to represent his fourth IPL franchise in the cash-rich event after a wait of seven years.

The four-match Test series between India and England currently levels at 1-1. The top-notch teams will lock horns in a pink-ball Test, beginning February 24 at the newly-constructed Motera Stadium. After the conclusion of the Test series, England and India will face each other in a five-match T20 series in the same venue.

In the second Test, India had achieved a vigorous 317-run win against England. India is still in contention to play the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The success in Chennai has lifted team India to the second position with 69.7 percentage points. Virat Kohli and CO. cannot lose another match as they require to win 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the final of the championship's maiden edition.

After winning the first Test, England, who was leading the points table, has now slipped to the fourth spot with 67.0 percentage points. The visitors can still qualify for WTC, but for that, they must win both remaining matches against India. It will be interesting to see which team will face New Zealand in the WTC final.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh