The name of Cheteshwar Pujara is synonymous with long hours of batting and attaching an expensive price tag on his wicket.
Some of the Test greats of the modern era, such as Pujara and Steve Smith, are well-renowned for their love for batting.
These players are even known to talk about cricket the whole day – formulate plans and shadow practice in solitude.
Even the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood had gone on record to state that bowling to Pujara was a real pain in the backside when India toured Australia in 2018.
It can be safely assumed that these cricketers would be itching to get back into the field, taking guard, and spending hours at the crease.
However, with the global lockdown observed, all cricketing activities have been shelved, and players are only left with the memories of doing the hard yards on the field.
Recently, Pujara, through one of his posts on Instagram, appeared reminiscent of his time training in the nets, “The thing I miss the most in this lockdown is being on the cricket field,” captioned the picture of him at the nets.
To which his former teammates, Shikhar Dhawan, and Murali Vijay commented hilariously. “Sachi humein toh pata hi nahi tha ki tu cricket miss kar raha hai. Wah (Really? We didn’t know you are missing cricket. Wow),” Dhawan commented.
While Vijay commented by saying, “Yes we know that Pujara.” Teammate Umesh Yadav also reacted with a laughing emoji.
The trio of Shikhar, Vijay and Pujara formed the core of India’s top order in Tests for several years before the opening duo went out of favour.
Pujara finished champions with the Saurashtra side in the Ranji Trophy season of 2019-2020. Saurashtra lifted their maiden Ranji Trophy after defeating Bengals in the finals. Under normal circumstances, Pujara was scheduled to don the colours of Gloucestershire in the English county season.