Cheteshwar Pujara will open with KL Rahul, says Virat Kohli
Colombo: India Test captain Virat Kohli yesterday gave a clear indication that Cheteshwar Pujara is likely to come back into the playing XI as an opener alongside KL Rahul in the series-deciding final Test against Sri Lanka.
Pujara last played for India against Australia in the 'Boxing Day' Test at Melbourne but since then have been out of favour in the last four matches. Kohli also indicated that rookie Karun Nair may also be tried out.
"Looking at these conditions, the reason behind getting someone like Karun Nair in was, we can have Cheteshwar Pujara open. He is pretty solid, and with the new-ball he has opened in the subcontinent before. That was the whole idea behind it," Kohli said.
"And we have another exciting guy in Karun Nair coming in. But the idea behind it was getting Pujara to open along with Rahul and then that gives us even more batting options to play around with," said the skipper.