IPL 2021 | CSK CEO explains why three-time champions have decided to buy Cheteshwar Pujara

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MS Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara and Stephen Fleming

Justifies Chennai Super Kings’ decision to run as a test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara in IPL Mini-auction until 2021, CEO K Viswanathan said the 34-year-old “certainly” will have a role in the upcoming season.

Known for his defensive strength, Pujara was bought by the three-time champions for 50 GEL INR in a mini-auction earlier this year. Pujara also received applause when the veteran batsman was signed by the three-time champions.

In a recent interview, Viswanathan said that Pujara’s “good” technique could help him adapt to any format. “Look, we also wanted to honor him, that’s for sure. But at the same time I can tell you one thing, a man of his caliber with such good technique, he can adapt to any format,” K Viswanathan told The Indian Express.

“This is our vision. He can be a player who can contribute a lot to CSK. We have felt that and that is why we chose him.

“He will certainly play a role (up in order), but I can’t say whether he will play the first or the second game. That’s not the question (either). He is an important part of our group and we look forward to his contribution,” he added.

Pujara, on Wednesday, said he was excited and honored to wear the yellow jersey as he received the official CSK skipper kit. MS Dhoni.

“Excited and honored to receive the official set from @msdhoni bhai and the @ChennaiIPL family! We look forward to a great season ahead,” he wrote on Twitter.

While the IPL 2021 is set to begin on April 9 in Chennai, MS Dhoni-led CSK will begin its campaign the evening after taking over last season’s runner-up, Delhi Capitals, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.



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