Cheteshwar Pujara silenced the critics after scoring 91* on Day 3 in the 3rd test match between India and England. Rohit, Pujara and Kohli helped India to reach a score of 215 in the second innings with 8 wickets in hand. Pujara’s classy knock included 15 fours at an average of 50.56.
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Pujara was not having a good time with his willow and it seemed that the prodigy has lost his technique. In the ongoing test series against England Pujara has scored 71 runs in 5 innings at an embarrassing average of just 17.75 before scoring 91* in the 2nd innings of the game.
Former left arm pacer Ashish Nehra is highly impressed by Cheteshwar Pujara’s knock in Day 3 and states that he has never seen the no.3 bat like this. Pujara was struggling to get runs in the previous 5 innings and was looking completely out of touch. Nehra says that he has not seen Pujara bat like this in a long time now.
“The way Pujara batted today, I’ve never seen him doing something like that before. He had a positive mindset and his gameplay is completely different. I hope he wasn’t under any kind of pressure related to his performance. I believe, it was his own thought process that I’d play this way today,” said Nehra in a chat on Sony Sports.
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Pujara has scored 6000 test runs in almost 90 matches for the Indian team. The 42-year-old Nehra also reckoned that if Pujara bats like the way he did on Day 3, then the world will witness a completely different version of Cheteshwar Pujara.
“People say Pujara plays slow. It’s not about 5-10 Test matches. He has played around 90 games for India and has 6000 runs to his credit. You have achieved success with this batting style. Just leave what people are talking about, if he continues to play with the mindset he had today, you would witness a completely different Pujara,” Nehra said.
India are trailing by 139 runs in the 2nd innings. Kohli is batting at 45* and both are currently involved in a 99-run partnership. India will resume their batting on Day 4.
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