Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Stellar Form Puts Pressure on Pujara’s No. 3 Spot in West Indies Series

The selection committee is likely to talk about India’s senior No. 3, Pujara who has only scored one century in 52 innings (28 Tests) with a miserable average of 29.69 since 2020.

Pujara in No.3 Position is in Doubt Now

India’s first series in the 2023–25 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle will be against the West Indies, however it is unlikely that the selection committee will make any significant adjustments. For this Test series, just a small number of players are anticipated to be rested or dropped. Cheteshwar Pujara, an accomplished player, is one of those who might be dropped. Four of the top five batters—Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane—will be kept in the lineup for the two Test matches in Dominica and Trinidad, while Cheteshwar Pujara’s future is up in the air.

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Since his 625 runs and 164 strike rate in the IPL 2023, which are undoubtedly remarkable numbers but only part of the narrative, Yashasvi Jaiswal has become the talk of the town. Yashasvi Jaiswal had a spectacular season, even when using conventional criteria. He was the leader for the Rajasthan Royals in terms of runs (625), average (48.08), fifty-plus scores (six), fours (82), sixes (26), and runs scored (100). The fastest fifty in the IPL was hit by him against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and his strike rate of 164 was the highest among Rajasthan players who faced 100 balls.

Not just in the WTC final, but also in general, Pujara’s shot selection could come under scrutiny. Although it has not yet been officially announced that the 35-year-old veteran, who has participated in 103 Test matches, will not be on the team, his position in the starting lineup is far from guaranteed.

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