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Derbyshire win race for Pujara

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August 23, 2014

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Cheteshwar Pujara had a torrid time outside his off stump, England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day, August 15, 2014
Pujara had a torrid time during the Test series against England © Getty Images
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Derbyshire have agreed terms with Cheteshwar Pujara that will see the Indian Test batsman further his education in English conditions by playing the last three Championship fixtures of the season. Pujara's signing remains subject to final approval from the BCCI and successful registration.

Pujara has already returned to India after the Test series while awaiting the prospect of a few late-season matches. Derbyshire's announcement will frustrate Leicestershire, the Second Division's bottom club, who had been fancied to win his signature.

Marcus North, the former Australia batsman, will remain with Derbyshire and play in the List A competition, while Pujara will play in the four remaining four-day first-class games that Derbyshire have this season. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the club's overseas player in the first part of the season, has returned to the West Indies for the Test series against Bangladesh.

Pujara already has happy memories of the Derby ground. He made 81 against Derbyshire in July during a three-day tour match. He would have little clue of the problems which would follow as he hit 222 runs with a highest score of 55 in a five-Test series taken 3-1 by England.

Graeme Welch, Derbyshire's elite performance director, said: "We're an ambitious team and have an exciting group of players who are developing fast. Pujara joining us at this stage of the season is a real boost for the lads and the remaining Championship matches we have ahead of us will give him exactly the experience he is looking for.

"With Shiv now back in West Indies preparing for Test match action and Marcus North focusing on our one-day campaign, Pujara will bring an added dimension to the side as we look to finish our Championship season strongly."

Derbyshire, in their first season under Welch, have not lived up to ambitions so far, struggling to put together impressive form after their relegation last year.

Derbyshire's chief executive, Simon Storey said: "We've been focused on delivering a long-term legacy from the visit of the Indian tourist side to Derby in July, including the creation of our Cricket Derbyshire India Club. We hope the opportunity to see Pujara play county cricket for Derbyshire will inspire cricket followers across the City and the wider county and open up the Club to a new generation of fans."

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Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

better late than never...he seems to realise his inadequacies against the swinging balls and just short pitched speedster deliveries....let him turn out to be a better player in the coming years...

Posted by A.Ak on (August 26, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

Great move by Pujara, particularly early in his career. Playing in English conditions will help him a lot.

Posted by indianzen on (August 25, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

I would love to see Vijay in Leics and Kohli in Warwickshire competing against each other...

Posted by   on (August 25, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

good Derbyshire's chief executive, Simon Storey said: "We've been focused on delivering a long-term legacy from the visit of the Indian tourist side to Derby in July, including the creation of our Cricket Derbyshire India Club. We hope the opportunity to see Pujara play county cricket for Derbyshire will inspire cricket followers across the City and the wider county and open up the Club to a new generation of fans."

Posted by TRAM on (August 25, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

@Assertive-India, you are correct. Eng batsmen did that (standing few feet outside the crease) against Bhuvi as well to counter his swing. The counter to that counter is Dhoni should have stood up for Bhuvi, but he didn't do it for most times. And we saw the results. And the India batsmen could not even copy what the Eng batsmen did against swing. A captain and the bunch of players who dont want to improve nor want to fight!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

oh boy !!!!!!!!

race for an out of form pujara...

good for pujara though facing 78 mph bowlers .He will score big.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Race? Was there a deadline?

Posted by   on (August 24, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

not only batsmens even our bowlers shd go and play county cricket

Posted by   on (August 24, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

One wouldnt lose sleep facing bowlers from glamorgan leicster or gloucester or even batting on those strips.Well if he fails in that then..... Its a tricky to sign up when you just being hammered and then to sign in weak competition with just 4 games to play.Only two outcomes are possible none of which are good in long run, One he gets false sense of security if he gets runs, two he fails and probably would have dented the confidence to a degree he goes searching for demons when there arent any.Best is to return to Rajkot rack up runs,, tinkertechnique little bit in familiar conditions and try and come out on top.

Posted by whatawicket on (August 24, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

well its about time that the BCCI allowed players to play in English conditions. we have a New Zealand A squad currently playing in England, this from a board who I guess have little money compared to India ,but they know it makes sense.

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