Cheteshwar Pujara (Image courtesy: AFP)
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image courtesy: AFP)

2018 will be the fourth year on a trot that Cheteshwar Pujara will miss IPL. In the IPL Auction 2018, Pujara went unsold again. Pujara has played 30 matches in the IPL, scoring 390 runs at 20.52 and his strike rate is below 100. He has played 58 T20s, has scored at 25.48 and has managed a strike rate just above 105. It has been over a year since he played a T20.

In contrast to his dismal T20 record, Pujara despite the label of ‘Test specialist’ has excellent numbers in List A cricket. He has 3,804 runs at 54.34 in List A cricket and he believes he has a lot to offer in shorter formats.

Pujara also believes that not being able to seal IPL deal has got a lot to do with ‘public perceptions’.

“Perception I would say has played a major role. If you check my performance in List A and T20s, I still have a lot to offer in shorter formats. I am not at all worried as I know my opportunity would come at some point of time,” a hopeful Pujara told PTI.

Missing out on the IPL, Pujara will be playing county cricket for Yorkshire in the 2018 season.