Cheteshwar Pujara falls again for a low score, a lone run, and continues his abomination form James Anderson crowned him in Headingley in the third Test of the series.
Anderson cut off Pujara in the same way he did in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Bowling from a slightly larger angle, the legendary England pacer fired a shot from India’s number 3. The outsider corrected him as he took the outside to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to see the right hand step back for just 1 run. It was the 10th time Anderson had fired the batsman from Rajkot.
That meant Cheteshwar Pujara now went 12 innings – including one innings that were not out – without a Test hundred-century. This sequence begins in the series at home against the same opposition; his last score of 50 plus was in the first innings of India’s first Test against England in Chennai.
His scores since then were: 15, 21, 7, 0, 17, 8, 15, 4, 12 *, 9, 45 and 1 on Wednesday. While the pressure on his place and his significance on the side may have loosened slightly with his 45 in the second innings at Lord’s, further low scores, and if lost, would land it on Cheteshwar Pujara again.
West Indian legend Brian Lara has called on Cheteshwar Pujara to improve his strike rate, which would be beneficial for himself and the team
Lara said exclusively on ‘Follow The Blues’ on Disney + Hotstar:’ Pujara, definitely for me, I mean as a batsman, I’m not the same as a player, the ability to be so patient and score on such a low blow. course.
So if I was a coach or if I was someone who wanted Pujara to improve, I would try to make a lot more shots and get a pass rate that was more beneficial to him and the team.
‘He does the work, and I know the work he does, but I just feel that if you bat so slowly, there is a lot of momentum in your innings and you allow the bowlers so many deliveries, even before you get it to three figures that you will find many times, ‘the West Indian added.
Meanwhile, India were bowled out for 78 within two sessions by the English pacers. Anderson and Craig Overton scored 3 each while Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran each picked up two wickets.