India news May 29, 2014

Pujara looks to make one-day mark

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cheteshwar Pujara, the India batsman, already has six Test centuries but his limited-overs appearances have been limited to a couple of ODIs against Zimbabwe last year. He has been a part of one-day squads in recent series but has been confined to the bench, and he even took to working on his bowling a couple of months ago to try to increase his ODI utility.

He is likely to add to those two ODI caps next month after he was included in the squad for three one-dayers against Bangladesh which is missing eight India regulars. "Hopefully, I will get a game this time. It is a good opportunity for all the young players who are part of this tour," he said. "Playing against Bangladesh in their home conditions won't be that easy. Bangladesh is a good team. We have a young side so it will be competitive."

The bigger challenge for Pujara in the coming months is the five-Test series in England. India were whitewashed 4-0 in 2011 when they last toured England, and haven't won a Test away from home since then.

Pujara hoped the two warm-up matches ahead of the series will help the team adapt to the English conditions. "We have some time, that is a good thing," he said. "We have two practice games before the Test matches, so it is a positive thing for us. We have enough time for preparation."

The one-day series against Bangladesh ends on June 19, and the first of the warm-up matches in England begins on June 26.

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  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    A complete should fit into any ODI team

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Such is the state of ODI cricket that players like Pujara are being ignored. He is a quintessential No 3 in ODI's as well. A player who can keep one end safe and still score at a rate of 90+. We need him at No 3/4 in the WC. Come on Puji, justify your place now.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Pujuara is not capable to play in ODI and 2020 .....neverthless he can play long innings in test....let his retain as test palyer...but not in one day...

  • jayaesh on May 30, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I like Pujara especially how he stood up to South African bowlers in tough conditions in SA. but i would reserve my judgement on him after he has played those three ODI's but as far as T20 is concerned we all saw how awkward and ugly he looked in the IPL , it is a great mystery why Manan Vohra was not played until last 5 matches .@Arpit Agarwal, agreed that most of these balls are delivered by domestic bowlers but aren't these domestic bowlers dominating the list for top 10 bowlers this IPL ....just saying.

  • Naresh on May 30, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    INDIA needed to seriously look at the team for UK. The batting lineup for TESTS needs to be players who can stand intricate swing/seam with high bounce. Why have the selectors not done a good job? Its seems that they chose in a hurry. Uthappa should have been given an opening slot. We still seem to have a team where we continue to search for the correct players.

  • venkata rama krishna reddy on May 30, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    after couple big innings against australia VVS LAXMAN also brought back into ODI s but he didnt last for long time as he doesn't have the ability to score fast.the same goes with Pujara also .He should concentrate more on TEST rather than looking into ODI side

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    pujara must be given a chance in all 3 odis. we need pujara for the 2015 wc. pujara has a domestic list a avg of 56, higher than the players in the odi teams. also, south africa used to think the same for hashim amla, but he has done well in odis & now in t20i too. pujara, if handled properly, will do well in all 3 formats for india - test, odi, t20i

    we did see in ipl that pujara is a excellent runner between the wickets & excellent rotator of strike. he should replace rohit sharma (whos in the odi team due to the mumbai lobby) in the odi team as a opener. rohit sharma can't take singles & rotate strike, unlike pujara

    talking of poor fielding, i haven't seen pujara drop catches or concede extra runs. he isn't that bad a fielder he is being made out to be

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    people get so excited by IPL succcess.. u shouldn't forget IPL is a 20 over tournament nd most of the bowls faced by those bats are from domestic bowlers.. nd as far as Pujara is concerned if u feel he shouldn't play ODIs bcoz he bats too slow then let me inform u Rohit's SR in 1st 10 overs in ODIs is a lot worse than what Pujara's will be nd he will not throw his wicket after that as well.. Look beyond IPL for team India guys.. Pujara is the most prolific run scorer in domestic One dayers and India A one dayers

  • phenil on May 29, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    if indian ODi batting is settled, why have we lost all of our ODis overseas/ Rohit, Dhawan, Raina are all hacks overseas who wouldnt get into club sides. Pujara has a List A average of 50+. he has proved himself in the domestic circuit more than enough to deserve a place in the ODI side

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Pujara is a good test batsmen can be good in odi for consolidation in middle overs but given how injury prone he is not sure if he should play odi's.In quest of playing odi's India should not loose a good test batsman right now given the number of away tests india has loosing pujara would be a big loss

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