London - Indian batting star Cheteshwar Pujara's return to
English county Nottinghamshire will give them a significant boost, head coach
Peter Moores said on Wednesday.
Notts are well-placed for an immediate return to the
eight-team elite of the county championship as they lead Worcestershire at the
top of the second tier by 35 points.
"The great thing is that he (Pujara) has already been
in the squad this season and he fitted in so well both on and off the
field," said Moores.
"He is a fantastic player, and since he has been away
he has had a great time of it in the Test matches for India.
"So we are getting a guy who is coming back in form and
for the team spirit, 'Pudji' coming back in is a huge boost for
The 29-year-old Pujara, with 13 centuries and averaging more
than 50 in his 51 Tests, has been away helping India sweep Sri Lanka 3-0 in a
Test series - the first time they have achieved that away from home.
He shone for Notts earlier in the season, scoring 223 runs
in four matches before leaving to play for his country.
He will be available for the final four matches of the
Pujawara will have the chance to pit his wits in a
fascinating duel with fellow Indian Test star and spin maestro Ravichandran
Ashwin, who has signed for Worcestershire.
"We have got two really big home games against
Northants and Worcester, because it is a chance for us to put pressure on two
sides that are up there with us," said Moores.
"Runs on the board at Trent Bridge is always a big
influence and having a player of Test-match quality in 'Pudji' is a real