He was part of the ODI squad for the home series against England but didn’t get a game.
Pujara would have made the triumphant Champions Trophy side if not for injury, though he dispelled any fitness issues in an interview roughly a month before the ICC tournament.
At 25, he has already had two knee replacements. Also, he isn’t the most agile mover in the park.
Those are perhaps the reasons why the selectors haven’t created a limited-overs middle order slot for him. But Pujara has finally got the long overdue maiden ODI cap, albeit through the resting of key players.