On the third day of the Sydney Test, Team India’s first innings was reduced to just 244 runs. Only two half-centuries from India. The first half-century came from Shubman Gill’s bat while the second half-century was scored by Cheteshwar Pujara.
Although on one hand, Shubman Gill won accolades after half-century, on the other hand, Pujara’s fans are cursing him after his death. In fact, Pujara scored 50 runs in 176 balls in the first innings of the Sydney Test. Pujara hit a half-century in 174 balls, which is the slowest half-century of his Test career. After this innings of Pujara, the fans trolled him fiercely. If someone talked about getting them open, then someone said that they should be excluded from Team India.
One fan wrote on Twitter, ‘Pujara should either give a chance at the opening or he should be dropped from the team.’ One fan wrote, ‘Pujara needs to think on the strategy of his defense, nothing gets out of it, the team also comes under pressure.’
Let the Australian veterans also raise questions on Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow innings. Former captain Ricky Ponting said that because of his slow game, Pujara puts pressure on fellow batsmen. At the same time, Ellen Border even said that Pujara is afraid of playing the shot. However, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody supported Pujara saying that his game is like that and he will play like that
What did Pujara say on his slow? Cheteshwar Pujara did not find anything wrong in his slow innings. Pujara said that he batted according to the pitch and he was out on a good ball from Pat Cummins. According to Pujara, Pujara bowled the best ball of the series and he was out on it. In this series, Cummins has dismissed Pujara in four innings out of five.
Today those who are trolling Pujara should not forget that the same batsman had won the first Test series in Australia in 2018. Pujara had scored 521 runs in 7 innings at an average of over 70. Pujara had scored 3 centuries on the tour of Australia. However, this time Pujara’s bat is silent and that’s why critics are raising questions on him.