After Day 3 of the first Test match between Team India and Bangladesh at Chattogram, the visitors had absolute control as they had given the hosts a lofty aim of 513. India put up another strong showing with the bat after bowling Bangladesh out for 150 runs. Shubman Gill (110) hammered his first Test century, while Cheteshwar Pujara (102*) finally reached the three-figure barrier in the longest format.

Pujara hit his century in Test cricket in only 130 deliveries, which is also a record for him. While Pujara needed 87 balls to get his maiden fifty, the senior Indian batsman reached his second half-century in only 43 deliveries. He smashed 12 fours throughout his innings. Fans were understandably delighted by Pujara’s rapid run-scoring in the innings, but experienced Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik thinks that the 34-year-old player’s performance was situation-based.

When questioned whether Pujara’s performance was appropriate given that the IPL auctions are set to take place the following week (Pujara is not up for bid), Karthik claimed that the Indian batter seemed to have given up on the idea of playing in the lucrative league.

To be truthful, I don’t believe he is very interested in participating in the IPL. After giving it a few tries, he has concluded that it is not his cup of tea. He is spending a lot of the summer in England developing his cricketing abilities. It is not important to attempt to make a point at this point in his life. It comes down to where you love playing and where people find my style of batting entertaining. He is well aware of such responses, thus the IPL is not for him, Karthik stated on Cricbuzz.

“That is traveling and representing England over the summer. He relishes carrying it out. He brings his family along, which is commendable given that he has established himself there. You need something to advance as a cricket player. You must switch to another combat when you realize you can’t win the current one. And he has continued along that route,” Karthik said.