India star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara attributes his Ranji Trophy and County Championship performances to helping him regain his rhythm and rejoin the national squad.
Earlier this year, the 34-year-old was omitted from India's home Test series against Sri Lanka. Yet, after scoring 720 runs in just five matches for Sussex with an outstanding average of 120, he fought his way back into the national team for the fifth Test against England.
Pujara struggled in the Ranji Trophy. During his time playing for defending champions Saurashtra, he scored only 191 runs in five innings. He was not selected by any IPL teams during the mega auction after Saurashtra were knocked out in the league stage.
In the end, Pujara's exclusion from the IPL proved to be a blessing. In the Division Two County Championships, he scored two hundred and two double centuries in seven-inning games at an average of 143 for Sussex. After smacking three centuries for the team, he made a return to the Test side.