— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) December 29, 2020
During the IPL 2021 auctions yesterday, Chennai Super Kings picked up Test batsman Pujara for his base price of Rs. 50 lakh, following a room filled with applause from the other franchise members present there.
The ecstatic cricketer also tweeted about the same:
Thank you for showing the faith 🙏
Look forward! https://t.co/t7QlT6SGW1
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) February 18, 2021
As per a report in News18, Pujara last played in IPL in the year 2014. He overall played 30 matches for 390 runs at a strike rate of 99.74 with one half-century.
Many others were also happy at his surprise entry back into the tournament:
My absolute favourite thing about the #IPLAuction so far is Pujara getting a deal. Outstanding.
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 18, 2021
Thala & Pujara linking up in IPL 🔥 pic.twitter.com/y7rSJFEq60
— ⚰️ (@The_Sleigher) February 18, 2021
60 needed from 12 balls
Dhoni and pujara pic.twitter.com/Y6VE4WhovO
— JohnEbenezer (@JohnEbenezer22) February 18, 2021
And then followed the Twitter meme fest:
- Sold vs. unsold players
Pujara Bhai in full swag thanks to CSK. pic.twitter.com/nut6ExqePs
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 18, 2021
— the twittologer ; (@thetwittologer) February 18, 2021
2. Itni khushi!
CSK management informing Pujara about his selection in IPL pic.twitter.com/28Y1RJxyeB
— babu bisIeri (@baabuOP) February 18, 2021
Pujara be like:pic.twitter.com/N3qjqRwPpr
— Tracker (@itz_deebanvj) February 18, 2021
Cheteshwar Pujara : I am 33 years old.
— Kunal (@being_moron) February 18, 2021
3. Dhoni & Cheteshwar
— Kaustuv Dwivedi (@dwivedi_kaustuv) February 18, 2021
— Argha Tribedi (@ArghaTribedi) February 19, 2021
— DAMEN (@Global_Warningg) February 19, 2021
— Deepash Shukla (@sab_mein_expert) February 18, 2021
CSK have bought Pujara so that he can practise against Hazlewood, Moeen and Ngidi. National team over IPL. 👍🏻 #IPLAuction2021
— Manya (@CSKian716) February 18, 2021
One fan also compiled all his sixes into a video:
— S🅰️🅰️KETH (@SakethAADHF) February 18, 2021
Let’s hope that he has a blazing performance in the coming IPL tournament as well!