Fans React After Cheteshwar Pujara Played A Gritty Knock Against England In 2nd Innings

Cheteshwar Pujara has made a strong statement on his return to the Indian Test side during the second innings of the Edgbaston Test vs England as the senior batsman helped extend India’s lead while the host bowlers once again made life difficult for the visiting top-order.

India had taken a healthy first-innings lead of 132 runs, but, in reply, lost three wickets – Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli – for 75 runs. Pujara as usual was stoic, scoring 66 runs off 168 balls in a typical Pujara fashion in what perhaps could just be his last Test innings for India!

Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the Test side

Pujara endured a tough time earlier in the year. After another disappointing series, versus South Africa, Pujara, along with Ajinkya Rahane, was dropped from the Test series against Sri Lanka. Further, while Rahane was picked up by KKR in the IPL 2022 auction, Pujara went unsold.

Cheteshwar Pujara
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Going unsold in the auction turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Pujara, who then rocked up to the County Championship in England and plundered over 700 runs, including two double-hundreds, an unbeaten 170 and another century, forcing his way back in the squad, and unavailability of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got him an opening position in the Test match.

He had looked solid in the first innings as well, but managed only 13 runs off 46 balls. But the right-hander made his opportunity count in the second innings. He was resolute, showing great judgement of length while leaving deliveries, even those which came back in sharply.

A positive aspect of Pujara’s knock was his cut shots which he played regularly, on lengths and lines that he’d have left alone earlier. He cut in confidence, steered behind squad on the off-side with delicacy, and was adept and composed at flicking balls on his pads.

Unfortunately, he got out to a strong cut shot, hitting straight to the point fielder – a couple of yards either side of the fielder and he’d have picked up another four. Nonetheless, it was a typical gritty, patient, resilient knock from Pujara. But will it find him a place in the eleven the next time India plays a Test – we will have to wait for a while for that.

Anyway, netizens were effusive in praise for Pujara.

Here are some of the best tweets hailing Pujara’s innings:

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Jatin Khandelwal

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