Indian middle order Cheteshwar Pujara says he has enjoyed his little stint with Nottinghamshire and is looking forward to playing County Cricket in the UK yet again.
“It was great to be associated with Nottinghamshire. I enjoyed playing on wickets in England in challenging conditions. Facing fast bowlers/seamers there is a different experience when compared to playing in India. I am happy that I was able to cope well and score runs,” Pujara said.
“I would love to play in the English County season again, if and when the chance comes. During the county stint, I got to spend time with English players Stuart Broad and Samit Patel and former England coach Peter Moores. I discussed playing on different kinds of pitches and learned about life on the county circuit,” Pujara said.
The right-hander had earlier played for Yorkshire in 2015 before making his move to Trent Bridge based County Nottinghamshire. In the 5 innings he played for Nottinghamshire he scored 223 runs at a decent average of 44. Barring a couple of failures, he had a good season all in all. His scores read 2, 112, 29, 13 ABD 67.
Being unsold in IPL, Pujara comes from a rare breed of players who are not tailor made for T20s. Absence from IPL is a blessing in disguise for the 29-year-old Pujara as it gives him time to work on his technique and up his skillset required to counter quality fast bowling in the longest format.
While guys like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan cannot get this opportunity due to the packed international calendar, Pujara gets exposure in English conditions, a place where most Indian batsmen have struggled in recent times.
County Season Stats:
Innings: 5, Runs: 224, Average: 44.6, HS:112, 100s: 1