Pujaraís extended stay
At the end of a flaw-less display, the only moment of doubt for Pujara would have occured when he walked back to the boundary, 39 runs short of a triple hundred. With the Indian team in the city ahead of the first ODI against England, there was talk of Pujara joining the squad on Thursday, instead of completing the fifth day of the Ranji fixture.
However, Pujara revealed India coach Duncan Fletcher had told him that a triple hundred was a rare feat and that he should go on to complete it. If indeed Pujara makes his ODI debut on Friday, it will not just be in front of an adoring home crowd at Rajkot, but also on the back of a purple patch.
ďSince the day I have got ODI call-up, itís only natural that I have been thinking of making my debut. Everyone keeps telling they want to see me debut, but I will just wait and watch. Selection is not my hand, but scoring runs is, so Iím not thinking too much,Ē Pujara said.
And he has indeed been scoring runs. With the effort on Day Four, he has back-to-back double hundreds, both in second innings. In the
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