Sydney Cheteshwar Pujara , who has not played competitive cricket since March, trained hard during the net session here on Thursday to prepare for the next month's Test series against Australia, in which he looked comfortable in front of the fast bowlers. Pujara batted on both the 'side net' and 'center strip' in which he faced net bowlers Ishan Porel and Karthik Tyagi as well as Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin. The BCCI also shared a short video of Pujara's net session on social media. The Indian team has been allowed to train during their 14-day separation, which arrived here only last week. The ODI and T20 series will start from 27 November, after which the four-match Test series will be played which will start in Adelaide from 17 December.
Most of the players from the Indian team played in the Indian Premier League, but regular players of the Test team, Pujara and Hanuma Vihari joined the national team bubble in the UAE before reaching Australia. Pujara was instrumental in India's historic win in Australia two years ago and his role at number three will continue to be crucial, especially after Virat Kohli's return to home for the birth of his first child after the first Test. Pujara played his last match in the Ranji Trophy final. At the same time India's throwdown specialist Raghu has reached here and is in seclusion before joining the team. He could not leave with the team's other support staff after coming to Kovid-19 positive. A BCCI source said, "They will have to undergo 14 days of segregation as per local government guidelines. After this, he will join the team.