Ranji Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara retires with stiff neck vs Chhattisgarh

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara retired with a stiff neck on the first day of the Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy opener against Chhattisgarh on Thursday.Pujara, who faced 64 balls for his 30 not out, walked off the pitch after consulting the team physio.However, Saurashtra’s coach Shitanshu Kotak has termed Pujara’s injury not major. “He will be ready to bat on Friday, if required,” Kotak was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.Pujara has opted to play a couple of Ranji Trophy matches before flying to Australia for a four-match series starting December 6.Pujara has been one of India’s mainstays in Test cricket and his untimely injury is certainly not a good sign for the Indian team management.The 30-year-old was one of the shining stars for India in the 5-match Test series in England two months ago. Pujara scored his first century in England to aggregate 278 runs from 8 innings.Pujara had a poor outing of Australia when India toured Down Under in 2014. He played three matches and managed 201 runs with the help of a half-century.Pujara, who bats at No.3, has scored 15 centuries in Test cricket but only two have come in overseas conditions.The right-hand bat boasts of a career average of 49.54 from 64 matches but it drops to 35.91 outside India while rises to 61.86 at home.In Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, Pujara averages only 29.30 from 21 matches.last_img