Although named in the squad on the back of his brilliant showing in the home Test series against England, skipper MS Dhoni felt Pujara will have to wait as it would be unfair to unsettle a lineup that won the last game, against Pakistan in New Delhi to prevent a rout.
"Well, it looks very unlikely as of now because we have to see the whole batting line-up, the position he's ideally suited for, and all those things," Dhoni said on Thursday. "As of now, it looks very unlikely. Let's see what happens tomorrow. If somebody gets unfit, we'll see."
While one would expect Pujara to be slotted at No. 3, with the rest of the batsmen struggling, he would also be playing for the sixth consecutive day. Anyway, his presence would be enough to keep the others on their toes.
England skipper Alastair Cook knows his team have their task cut out. Losing both the warm-up games underlined that challenge. However, he knew what would give England their best chance - knocking over the India top-order batsmen quickly.