New Delhi: India‘s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara after a stupendous home season could now find takers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with some important players pulling out from various teams. Pujara, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh went unsold at the IPL auctions last February. There are teams which are in need of top-order batsmen including Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. Incidentally, Pujara’s last IPL appearance was for Kings XI Punjab, wherein he opened for the franchise in a few games that he played. This time around, KXIP is all set to miss Vijay, who has a shoulder injury. Pujara’s batting is only suitable for top three batting slots and one may have a rethink after his 1316 runs in Tests, even though it’s an altogether different form. IPL 2017: KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay set to miss out
For Daredevils, who have been handicapped by absence of JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock, it may not be a bad idea to have Pujara as a replacement considering his experience at the highest level. The IPL rules allow any franchise to pick an Indian as replacement if any overseas player is ruled out. With the Indian players coming off a along and tiring home season of international cricket, it seems like the long season has taken a toll on these Indian players, as they are most likely to miss out of the upcoming 10 edition of the biggest Indian Twenty20 (T20) league, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, due to extensive physical strain.
With Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli already being ruled out of the initial stages for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), owing to a shoulder injury he suffered during the 3rd Test at Dharamsala, against Australia, in the just concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.