Cheteshwar Pujara the Indian no.3 batsmen has officially announced he”ll play County Championship in England for Yorkshire.
This will be Pujara”s 2nd stint playing for Yorkshire the first being in 2015. He has also played for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in the past few seasons.
Pujara had signed a deal with the County several weeks ago but the announcement was purposely postponed to account for the Indian Premier League Auction. The veteran batsman is set to return to India after the Royal London 50-over game against Lancashire to partake in the one-off Test against Afghanistan, commencing from June 14.
However, he is scheduled to return to England to play in the County Championship game versus Hampshire, starting on June 20. There is also a possibility of Pujara staying on in England after the completion of the five-match Test series between India and the home side, to play fixtures against Hampshire and Worcestershire in September.
ICYMI: The Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced the signing of Indian Test star @cheteshwar1.
— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) January 30, 2018
He played four matches for Yorkshire during the 2015 season, compiling 264 runs at an average of 52.80. During the 2017 County season, Pujara represented Nottinghamshire, accumulating 333 runs at 27.75.
Sachin Tendulkar the Indian Great has played for Yorkshire in the past in 1992 season and Yuvraj Singh did the same in 2003 playing 8 first class games for the county.
“I”m really excited to be able to have the opportunity to represent Yorkshire once again. It”s always nice to be able to come over here and play some County Cricket and I”m just as excited as I was last time to represent the Club. I love the passion the people of Yorkshire have for the game and they made me feel very welcome.I know quite a few of the players, so I”ll just try to play my natural game and score plenty of runs for the Club.
Excited to be here, again! https://t.co/g4Cz9ImsHV
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) January 30, 2018
“It”s an honor for me to play for the same county as Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar and each time I”ve played county cricket it has improved me as a player. That”s the plan again in 2018. I just want to score as many runs as possible for Yorkshire and soak up as much as I can from the whole experience,” Pujara said
Cheteshwar will have the opportunity to play alongside Kane Williamson as he”s the 2nd overseas cricketer for the county this season as well as the English players like Joe Root & Johny Bairstow as English cricketers are likely to take part in early part of the season for their counties.