According to a BCCI source, Cheteshwar Pujara’s future with the Indian Test team may not be entirely dim. There is always hope for his return even though he was left off the squad for the forthcoming series against the West Indies. To reclaim his position, he will need to work hard and show himself.
Pujara Exclusion From Test in West Indies Tour
Pujara was excluded because he didn’t contribute significantly to the World Test Championship final. Pujara struggled against the Australian team despite his outstanding exploits for Sussex in the County Championship, where he struck back-to-back century. Sunil Gavaskar and several former cricket players criticized this choice. The Indian Test team consists of players in their mid-30s, therefore finding new talent is a struggle for the selectors. Ajinkya Rahane, who returned in the WTC final after a 15-month absence, was unexpectedly elevated to vice-captain. Pujara is encouraged by this development since it shows that a player may resurrect their career after a hiatus.
Rahane’s Comeback and Promoted to Vice Captain
According to a BCCI source, anyone can make a comeback if Rahane can be promoted to vice captain after a 15-month absence. The selectors aim to prevent a scenario in which all of the seniors leave at once and the team is left with no experienced players. Apart from Rahane’s elevation and Pujara’s exclusion, the Test team selection for the West Indies series generated controversy. Some people have found it challenging to understand the exclusion of Sarfaraz Khan and the preference accorded to Ruturaj Gaikwad. Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, and Gaikwad are newcomers to the team, along with the return of Navdeep Saini.
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