Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara is set to miss vital match practice ahead of the crucial Australia Tests series which starts from February 22. The prolific Saurashtra batsman will be out of action for 41 days, courtesy the selectors' decision to not include him in any of the three squads (Rest of India, Board President XI and India 'A') squads released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday.
Pujara's last competitive match was the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Saurashtra and Karnataka from January 6-10. Though he was included in the India one-day team for the England series which the hosts won 3-2, Pujara ended up warming the bench.
One expected him to make his ODI debut in the inconsequential final tie in Dharamsala, but that wasn't the case. He was neither released for Saurashtra's maiden Ranji Trophy final appearance which they lost by an innings and 125 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.