India news July 12, 2011

Surgery sidelines Pujara for four months

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cheteshwar Pujara, the India batsman, will be out of action for four months after undergoing knee surgery. He injured his right knee during the IPL earlier this year, missed out on much of that tournament and was forced to skip the recently concluded West Indies tour as well.

Pujara, 23, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, and still needs the help of crutches to walk. "The last time I injured my left knee, during the second IPL, there was a lot of pain," he told the Indian Express. "This time there was no pain at all and doctors believed I could get fit for the tour of England. But I was asked to consult Dr Andrew Williams [in England] who advised me to undergo surgery."

The surgery puts the brakes on Pujara's attempts to seal a permanent spot in the Test XI. After several seasons of heavy run-scoring in the domestic circuit, he delivered on Test debut last year with an enterprising second-innings 72 to seal a home-series win against Australia.

His absence from the West Indies tour and the forthcoming visit to England allows other contenders like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to make their case for the only middle-order opening available in the Indian team.

"I don't know what the future holds. I'm hopeful of making a comeback," Pujara said. "I think I have given my best during the opportunities I have got."

Another, more senior, member of the Indian team is also at the NCA recovering from injury. Virender Sehwag, who had shoulder surgery in May, spent 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoon facing gentle throwdowns. He hasn't played since the IPL, and will miss at least the first Test of the England series.

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  • Srinath on July 15, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    get well soon will produce many match winning innings for team india in the future.keep working hard on your fitness.all the best for your future.......

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 16:38 GMT


  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Good to see some fans claiming that Pujara should work hard to cement a place rather than getting flattered away what media say after his debut. Even when Badri scored a debut fifty in his test....Pujara didnt impress in IPL as he wasnt expected to...same logic goes to badri for failing in WI ODI not granted a test apperance. Both Badri & Pujara are set to be successors of a famed indian test middle order...dont require them in ODIs..vice versa for Yuvaraj & Kohli!!!

  • Gokul on July 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Get well soon pujara. Future pillars of indgsc

  • aravamuthan on July 14, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Can the tag 'Indian Batsman' be easily taken for granted? Kinda hype created by this media. After his impressive debut, Pujara did not perform well and in fact struggled against SA. He has to fight for his place as there are many contenders. Wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Vidyashankar on July 13, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Pujara, Recover soon. We need you in the Indian middle order! Cheers.

  • rustyryan on July 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I have not seen pujara playing splendidly apart from his debut innings. He struggled ridiculously in SA against Steyn and almost became a walking wicket of him. This much of hype concerns me that one day Pujara will be bashed by everyone, if he doesn't perform brilliantly. I remember the same kind of hype was given to Ravindra jadeja and poor guy was bashed later on by almost everyone. But that's the one he has to learn being an Indian cricketer. Wish him speedy recovery.

  • Arul on July 13, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    I dont understand what makes him hyped so much. He just played one good innings, attacked a poor bowler. He has the domestic record, there are few has better record than him. May be he is gifted, but its too early to put hype and so much pressure on him. And an surgery at this age and very early stage of his international career, and with so much people waiting to get the opportunity, not sure how long the place will be hold for him.

  • Vinod on July 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    gud that he skipped/ made to skip IPL matches. he could be a better batsman as no. 3 in case of rahul's retirement. comparing any batsman with rahul dravid does not make any sense. but among the new batsmen, pujara looked to be technically better equipped than others. hope he will prove me right in the near future. wish him a fabulous future.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    A really gifted player, we wish a speedy recovery

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