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First-class stint helped me get back to form and make a comeback in India: Pujara MPNRC

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File photo of Cheteshwar Pujara (Image: ICC)

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Leicester: Star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says playing in the first-class in the Ranji Trophy and County Championship helped him regain his lost momentum and make a comeback in the national team.

The 34-year-old Pujara, who was ruled out of India’s home Test series against Sri Lanka earlier this year, made it to the national team for the fifth Test against England after scoring 720 runs in just 5 matches with an excellent average. returned. 120’s for Sussex.

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In the Ranji Trophy, Pujara hit 91 off 83 balls against Mumbai, scoring four centuries, including two double centuries, for Sussex in the Division Two County Championship.

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“It is about playing as many first-class games as possible and for me, that experience was very important. When you want to get back in form, when you want to find your rhythm, when you have that concentration, it is important to play some long innings,” Pujara told BCCI TV.

“So, when I was playing for Sussex, I could do that. When I played my first big innings against Derby, I felt my rhythm back, my concentration and everything was fine. Yes, I had a great time with the Sussexes,” he said.

Pujara said that he is confident of doing well in the county matches as he was already in good form in the Ranji Trophy.

“I played three matches for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. There too, I found my rhythm and knew I was batting well,” Pujara said. “It was about getting a big score and so when I did that in my first game, I knew everything was back to normal. (I) was finding my footwork, the rear lift was approaching well.

Pujara will represent Leicestershire along with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Pramukh Krishna in a four-day warm-up match starting Thursday.
India will take on England in the rescheduled fifth Test from July 1 at the Edgbaston Cricketer Ground in Birmingham.

Also read: Pant, Pujara, Bumrah to play for Leicestershire against India in warm-up match

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