New Delhi: India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara found no takers in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction. Following the IPL snub, Pujara has been signed up by Yorkshire to play in the County Championship. Pujara will be available for the 2018 England domestic season in April as he won’t unsold ahead of the 11th edition of the IPL, which will also be held in the same month.Also Read - Rishabh Pant to Remain Delhi Capitals Captain For Remainder of IPL 2021
The right-handed batsman has earlier played for Yorkshire in the 2015 County Championship when the club won. “I’m really excited to be able to have the opportunity to represent Yorkshire once again,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Pujara as saying. Also Read - IPL 2021 | Delhi Capitals Only Team That Can Stop Mumbai Indians From Winning Sixth Title: Brad Hogg
He added, “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.” Also Read - IPL 2021 | Rishabh Pant Still an Unfinished Product in T20s: Saba Karim
Pujara’s stint with Yorkshire will help the batsman adapt to the conditions as India will tour England after the IPL.
Besides Pujara, Yorkshire will also field New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, means the club will have three of the top six Test batsmen on their staff in 2018, including England captain Joe Root, ranked at number three.
(With ANI inputs)