Cheteshwar Pujara’s place in the Test side has been in the scrutiny for some time now.
Several questions were asked on Cheteshwar Pujara’s place in the Indian Test team ahead of the five-match Test series against England. And those questions will only increase given the way he has started the series. The Saurashtra batter came out to bat after lunch and found himself back in the dressing room quite early.
The right-handed batter was once given out during his short stay at the crease. He was given LBW out of the bowling of Ollie Robinson, but DRS saved him. In the replay, it was seen that the trajectory of the ball would be missing the bails. However, the good luck for the batter didn’t last for too long as James Anderson soon managed to get him out.
One could call it the classic Pujara dismissal. The ball pitched and moved just a little bit, enough to just kiss the edge of Pujara’s bat. The experienced batter played all over the ball as his feet didn’t move towards the ball instead sideways. The ball was then caught by Jos Buttler as he went out after making just four runs.
Pujara falls again as India slip from 97 for 0 to 112 for 4
The problem with Pujara’s form has existed for a long time now. Despite getting a couple of good knocks during the Australian tour, Pujara hasn’t really been in his top form for some time now. His last century came in January 2019 and he hasn’t been in his best form since then. This year, he has been averaging 28 with the bat while in 2020, it was 20 across four Tests.
In these two years, he has made only five scores of fifty-plus in 21 innings. At no. 3, Pujara has been a force to reckon with, but it seems that some serious questions will be asked about his presence in this team after this knock. Having said that, to make things worse, Virat Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck after Pujara’s dismissal.
There were a few fans on Twitter, who also had an opinion about Pujara and his recent struggles with the bat. The time might not be too far when Pujara might find himself on the benches if he fails to score big runs during the course of this series. At the time of writing this, India was at 125 for 4 after bad light stopped play in Nottingham.
Will Pujara retire after this series?
— Sai Subramaniam (@saisudar74259) August 5, 2021
Questions will be raised now on Pujara’s presence in the team and his contribution.
— ध्रुविन शाह (@dhruvinism) August 5, 2021
— Mr Joshi🐐 (@Shubham7Joshi) August 5, 2021
Pujara is Not RAHUL DRAVID! Drop him BCCI. Otherwise he will waste 100 balls in next innings & will made 0 Runs!
— Vijayendra (@porgamumbaicha) August 5, 2021
Throw kohli, pujara rohit out of the team. Give chances to new talents
— Surjit Singh (@surjit84375) August 5, 2021
Pujara is done and dusted just playing by his name
— DeepaK_17 (@79foreveR_) August 5, 2021
PUJARA AND KOHLI BETTER TO LEAVE FROM TEST TEAM.
— Ranjith (@ranjith_mms) August 5, 2021
Pujara should be dropped any how from team need SKY or Rahul at no3 Shaw to open
— Ashu🇮🇳 (@45HUTOSH) August 5, 2021
I knew it.! Pujara has very less average in England, Vihari would’ve been better over him. Pujaras strength is against the spin, england is known for seam and swing. Vihari deserves a chance.
— Padmanabhasimha (@ThisIzGSP) August 5, 2021
Why players like kohli and pujara play so much defensive to Anderson ? https://t.co/s2R0mOeJqd
— Raj chheda 🇮🇳 (@chhedaraj92) August 5, 2021
There goes all that good work down the drain. Rohit opened the gates and now Pujara and Kohli gone in quick time. #ENGvIND
— Prem Mohanty 🏏⚽️ (@philipbkk) August 5, 2021
Kohli and Pujara have gotten out to Anderson the same way as they were before.
— Front Foot Pull (@TeraFufa16) August 5, 2021
Pujara be like: Thank you ra Kohli, now i can hide behind you. #SackPuji
— ㅤ (@iThesmoke) August 5, 2021
Its time to give some rest for Pujara and replace the position with Suryakumar Yadav.There is nothing wrong in trying it#ENGvIND
— Ranjith Kumar.A (@Ranjith5793) August 5, 2021