Cheteshwar Pujara is now a player…: India batsman trolled extensively
Cheteshwar Pujara, the Indian opener for the fifth and final Test vs England, faced a lot of heat after another poor outing with the Indian team. The solid Test batsman made just 13 runs in 46 balls including two fours before being dismissed. James Anderson bowls a ball around the off stump. He pushed Pujara to play with a forward press but there was extra bounce in the ball which startled the batsman, causing the outer edge of the bat to slip where Zak Crawley did not make a mistake.
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The poor outing has earned Pujara many bricks-and-mortars from fans. While some questioned his place in the team, some said it was time for him to retire from international cricket. Check out some of the reactions below.
In my personal opinion both are equally bad.
He said that Pujara scored several runs against Pappu County teams in the UK in the summer and picked himself up.
Rahane could not save his life in Ranji or IPL and was busy in selfies and both retired.
— meow meow tom __ __ (@EsamBedoon) July 1, 2022
So why is Pujara in and Rahane out? Better to try someone new and younger. — kedar _ (@marathikedar) July 1, 2022
By what criteria is Cheteshwar Pujara a better batsman than Ajinkya Rahane? #INDvsENG – Kedar _ (@marathikedar) July 1, 2022
I am just waiting for Pujara to retire. — avishek chaudhary (@avisheksunny88) July 1, 2022
Pujara was dropped from the Test squad earlier this year after a disappointing performance in the Test vs South Africa. However, due to his good performance with the bat in the county season, where he scored 3 centuries, Pujara made a comeback to the national team. However, his poor form in Test cricket continues with a poor score in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test.
On the match front, England won the toss and opted to field first and put India under the mat in the first two sessions of the day. James Anderson dismissed Shubman Gill, Pujara and then Matthew Potts, who recently troubled New Zealand’s batsmen in their first series, dismissed Virat Kohli for 11. Potts also removed Hanuma Vihari, who looked completely ready in the middle.
Talking about Pujara, he has one more innings to show his ability. Not to forget, Pujara is 34 and only getting older. With Sarfaraz Khan and Priyank Panchal doing well in domestic cricket, Pujara’s place is certainly not safe in the team. Will the selectors support him further if he fails in the second innings? Only time will tell.