Cheteshwar Pujara has long been a pillar of India’s Test batting order at number three. Due to his status as a “Test player,” he hasn’t participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a very long time. He did, however, participate in the T20 spectacular in 2009 after the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hired him. Due to national elections in India, the IPL was also being played in South Africa during this season.
Pujara’s father recalled a time during the IPL 2009 when Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of the KKR franchise, generously volunteered to help the family. The event took place at that time, when Pujara’s family was adamant that he return to Rajkot for medical attention after suffering a hamstring injury.
Shah Rukh Khan urged that Cheteshwar Pujara remain in South Africa and undergo the procedure, though. The cricketer’s father may have remembered Shah Rukh’s thoughtful offer to transport their family doctor Nirbhay Shah and any number of family members to the rainbow nation in order to persuade them.
“We wanted him to come back to Rajkot and have the surgery done here. However, KKR requested that Chintu receive treatment in South Africa, rather than the other co-owner Shah Rukh Khan. He was making logical arguments. South African doctors were more accustomed to doing these surgeries because rugby players frequently sustain this ailment.
Shah Rukh concurred that Chintu should receive the best medical care possible because he had a bright future ahead of him. He offered to fly Dr. Shah and as many of his family members as necessary to South Africa to persuade us. I begged Dr. Shah to travel alone because I didn’t have a passport. He insisted that I go on the trip with him though. In record time, all the paperwork was completed, and Arvind Pujara was on a plane to South Africa, he wrote in his Indian Express column.
Cheteshwar Pujara is currently in Delhi for the second Test against Australia.
As team India prepares for the second Test of their four-match series against Australia, Cheteshwar Pujara is currently in Delhi. The home team easily won the first game in Nagpur and will be motivated to go up 2-0 today. Pujara will be hoping to contribute meaningfully after recording a poor score in the series opener.
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