Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In absence of senior batters like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Indian batting order has been depleted in the ongoing Test series against England. Indian batsmen have failed to put up impressive shows against the visitors.

Meanwhile, former India player Karsan Ghavri on Wednesday slammed the decision to ignore veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the all important Test series at home.

A veteran of 103 Tests, the 36-year-old Pujara has been sidelined from the Indian team since the series in the West Indies. As per BCCI sources, the Indian selectors are preferring to look ahead.

“I don’t understand the reason why Pujara was dropped from the team. He should have been in the Indian team right from the first Test,” said Ghavri during a recent interview.

“Virat Kohli was not playing the first two Tests and now it has been announced that he would not be playing the remaining three Tests. Pujara was not only the greatest replacement but the greatest player they should have included,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Pujara has not yet lost his hope for making a comeback to the Indian Test team. He has already amassed 673 runs at an impressive average of 74.77 for Saurashtra in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

“Pujara is still fighting. He is still in good form. He is very much in good shape and even if he comes back, I won’t be surprised,” said Ghavri.