India news July 12, 2011

Surgery sidelines Pujara for four months

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • rsrinath on July 15, 2011, 14:22 GMT

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

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    WHY THE SELECTORS ARE NOT GIVING A CHANCE FOR AJINKYA RAHANE. HE IS A RUN MECHINE IN DOMESTIC CRICKET.

  • 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!!!

  • Gocool87 on July 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Get well soon pujara. Future pillars of indgsc

  • aravabalaji 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.

  • A.Ak 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.

  • Pathiyal 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.

  • on July 13, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    A really gifted player, we wish a speedy recovery

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

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

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    WHY THE SELECTORS ARE NOT GIVING A CHANCE FOR AJINKYA RAHANE. HE IS A RUN MECHINE IN DOMESTIC CRICKET.

  • 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!!!

  • Gocool87 on July 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Get well soon pujara. Future pillars of indgsc

  • aravabalaji 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.

  • A.Ak 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.

  • Pathiyal 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.

  • on July 13, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    A really gifted player, we wish a speedy recovery

  • Wacco on July 13, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @ ChuckyDoll, please dont use Tom brady, Brett Favre or Payton Manning's example in cricket. Its like comapring T-Rexs with butterflys - hillarious.

  • kingcobra85 on July 13, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    take a cue from L.Balaji its perfectly possible to play at highest level despite undergoing risky surgeries... just dont rush things man ..All the best hope to see you soon

  • Prats6 on July 13, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Could the cricinfo staff not have provided 4 months from when? When did Pujara undergo surgery? And when would he be fit? Please let us know. Thanks.

    All the Best to CP.

  • DEV_ME on July 13, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Dear Pujara, I am very dissapointed to see that you are out of action on account of serious injury at the young age of 23. The worst part is that you have done yourself an injustice by picking up the injury in a format and tournament, in which you are just not the first choice ! And ......... that too for the second time. Please maintain focus on Test and then 0ne day internationals. T20 is a totally different game. Being your fan from the domestic scene, I am praying for your recovery and bright carreer ahead. But you need to help yourself, as you do not have many supporters, in the selectors or in the team. Wish you luck

  • Wacco on July 13, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    I think he is better than any of these kohlis, vijays, etc. A better replacement for Dravid in the coming years.

  • on July 13, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    all the best for you recovery..we need you back in the middle order.

  • Deepkar on July 13, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    I think if given chance raina can cement his place at no. 6 in england and that means pujara will get chance when dravid will retire. He is bright talant i think pujara, sharma, raina, rahane will be future middle order of india.

  • DaBigO on July 12, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    but..but...but...WHERE IS PUJARA?

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 12, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    If players like sehwag/gambir/sachin prefer to play IPL despite injuries then these youngsters will also do the same. Gift of IPL.

  • NewYorkCricket on July 12, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Don't give up man. You have a bright future ahead. Like your attitude.

  • saad_619 on July 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    so unlucky for pujara... i felt he was a good contendor for a place in the indian team but too bad .......... i still think he is a good player and will play for india and become a regular player for them

  • Finn92 on July 12, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Really good player who has just got inured at the completely wrong time, if he hadn't of been he probably would have gone to the West Indies instead of Dravid who may have been rested. He'll be hoping that a few players have poor tours of England if he hopes to get back in the side when he regains his fitness.

  • Indiangazza on July 12, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Bechara Pujara..Good luck mate!

  • ChuckyDoll on July 12, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Not getting injured is not an accident, it is an art. Just look at Brett Favre or Payton Manning. These guys know how to take care of themselves.

  • on July 12, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    dont worry pujara u are having a bright future in indian test side and u are the best contender after rahul dravid retires

  • on July 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    For those ppl who are blindly arguing for Pujara's inclusion, this one shud heal them.. Am hoping for his faster recovery and a fine comeback. This guy has so much talent

  • SriramNatarajan on July 12, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina got injured when they were in the fringes. Raina came back and sealed a spot but Tiwary couldn't. Lets c what Pujara does! Btw, till then pls dont comment "Where is Pujara?" everytime a team is announced..

  • Amit_4_Sachin on July 12, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Injury came at the worst possible time for him. I wish Pujara a quick recovery, he's the most deserving candidate for a middle order slot.

  • rustyryan on July 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Finally there won't be any "Where is pujara ?" comments in an article.

  • Angad11 on July 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    THIS IS TO ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO KEEP ON ASKING TIME AND AGAIN WHY PUJARA WAS NOT SELECTED.

  • vish2020 on July 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Pujara is a really good player and hopefully he will stay healthy and we need to give him chance. He is something special!!!

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  • vish2020 on July 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Pujara is a really good player and hopefully he will stay healthy and we need to give him chance. He is something special!!!

  • Angad11 on July 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    THIS IS TO ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO KEEP ON ASKING TIME AND AGAIN WHY PUJARA WAS NOT SELECTED.

  • rustyryan on July 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Finally there won't be any "Where is pujara ?" comments in an article.

  • Amit_4_Sachin on July 12, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Injury came at the worst possible time for him. I wish Pujara a quick recovery, he's the most deserving candidate for a middle order slot.

  • SriramNatarajan on July 12, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina got injured when they were in the fringes. Raina came back and sealed a spot but Tiwary couldn't. Lets c what Pujara does! Btw, till then pls dont comment "Where is Pujara?" everytime a team is announced..

  • on July 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    For those ppl who are blindly arguing for Pujara's inclusion, this one shud heal them.. Am hoping for his faster recovery and a fine comeback. This guy has so much talent

  • on July 12, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    dont worry pujara u are having a bright future in indian test side and u are the best contender after rahul dravid retires

  • ChuckyDoll on July 12, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Not getting injured is not an accident, it is an art. Just look at Brett Favre or Payton Manning. These guys know how to take care of themselves.

  • Indiangazza on July 12, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Bechara Pujara..Good luck mate!

  • Finn92 on July 12, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Really good player who has just got inured at the completely wrong time, if he hadn't of been he probably would have gone to the West Indies instead of Dravid who may have been rested. He'll be hoping that a few players have poor tours of England if he hopes to get back in the side when he regains his fitness.