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Fact check: Is Cheteshwar Pujara really joining Chennai Super Kings?

Fact check: Is Cheteshwar Pujara really joining Chennai Super Kings?

In 2021, Cheteshwar Pujara was roped in by CSK for a season, but did not make the staring XI.

Veteran India cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara caused a stir on social media just hours before the highly anticipated IPL 2024 showdown against Mumbai Indians at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The post quickly went viral, prompting speculation about his potential return to the franchise after a three-year hiatus.

As CSK gears up for their fifth match of the season against the five-time champions MI, Pujara’s cryptic message fueled excitement among fans. While MI boasts an unbeaten home record with two consecutive wins following three initial losses, Chennai Super Kings are yet to secure a victory away from home, having suffered defeats in both their matches outside Chepauk. Pujara’s tweet hinted at a possible reunion with Chennai, where he last played in 2021.

“SupperKings looking forward to join you guys this season!’ Pujara wrote on Twitter.

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Is Cheteshwar Pujara joining CSK?

In his tweet, Pujara expressed eagerness to join the “#SupperKings” this season, sparking both anticipation and concern among supporters. However, some eagle-eyed fans noted a subtle twist in Pujara’s post, wherein he used “SupperKings” instead of the usual “Super Kings,” raising questions about the underlying message or a potential marketing ploy.

Fact check: Is Cheteshwar Pujara really joining IPL outfit Chennai Super Kings, after having played his last game in 2014

Pujara’s brief IPL career

Having represented four different IPL franchises throughout his career, Pujara’s IPL journey has seen him amass 390 runs in 30 matches, including a solitary fifty. Although he last featured in an IPL match in 2014 for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), his brief stint with CSK in 2021 saw him on the sidelines, but he didn’t make an appearance in the starting lineup.

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