Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored for India in the first innings of the second Test against New Zealand    AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored for India in the first innings of the second Test against New Zealand AFP

Kolkata: India’s top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is down with flu and did not come out to field on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand here today. However, according to the team sources there is “nothing serious” and he would bat at his usual No. 3 position in India’s second innings. “Pujara was down with flu and rested as a precautionary measure. There’s nothing serious, he will be fine,” a team source said. Pujara was India’s top scorer with 87 runs in the first innings. With Pujara not coming to field, both Gautam Gambhir and Umesh Yadav were seen fielding in phases as New Zealand finished the day at 128 for 7 in reply to India’s first innings total of 316 all out.

India lead the three-match series 1-0. Since Pujara will be part of India’s squad for the three-Test series, he along with Ravindra jadeja will not play the opening three fixtures of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) announced the 17-member squad for the first three Ranji Trophy matches. Jaydev Shah, who has broken a record of playing most matches as a captain last year, will lead the side that will play its first game against Rajasthan at Chennai on October 6. The BCCI has decided that all matches of the Ranji Trophy season would be played at neutral venues.

When asked about the BCCI s decision, Saurashtra head coach Sitanshu Kotak said it did not matter whether the team plays at the home ground or away. Last year, before reaching to the final, we had won nine matches and most of the matches were won while playing away, he said.