Cheteshwar Pujara returns to Yorkshire for 2018

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will rejoin Yorkshire this season and share overseas duties with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Pujara, 30, was overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction over the weekend and will link up with the White Rose ahead of their first-class fixture with Leeds Bradford MCCU on April 7.

He will return to India for the historic first Test against Afghanistan from June 14-18 but is expected to return for Yorkshire’s Specsavers County Championship clash against Hampshire on June 20.

Yorkshire also hope he will rejoin the club for their final two matches after India’s Test tour of England this summer.

“I’m really excited to be able to have the opportunity to represent Yorkshire once again,” Pujara said.

“It’s always nice to be able to come over here and play some County Cricket and I’m just as excited as I was last time to represent the club. I love the passion the people of Yorkshire have for the game and they made me feel very welcome.

“It’s an honour for me to play for the same county as Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar and each time I’ve played county cricket it has improved me as a player. That’s the plan again in 2018. I just want to score as many runs as possible for Yorkshire and soak up as much as I can from the whole experience.”

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Pujara’s first spell in county cricket was with Derbyshire in 2014, while he played for Nottinghamshire last season, and he has amassed three centuries and as many fifties in that time.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “It goes without saying that Cheteshwar is a highly-driven individual and very skilled batsman.

“Just as he did in 2015, Pujara will relish the challenge of performing in English conditions. He’s very difficult to dislodge and will hopefully dominate the crease for us during his stay.”