India dating Cheteshwar Pujara© AFP
Despite being one of India’s cornerstones in the batting department, veteran batter Cheteshwar Pujara has struggled to find consistency and has struggled to score run off late in the game’s longest format. On day 1 of the ongoing first test between India and South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Pujara was rejected for a golden duck by Lungi Ngidi in the first round. With people like Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer making progress with their recent performances, Pujaras’ place in the XI game will be under great control.
In the midst of his recent matches, former Indian medium pacer Madan Lal has claimed that there are a few players in the squad who are capable of pushing Pujara out of the playing XI in terms of test cricket.
“Pujara is fighting. There are no two ways to do it. There are players in the squad who can push him out of XI. At No. 3, even the captain needs a player you can keep the inning and get some runs on the same time, “said Madan Lal on Aaj Tak.
By decoding the cause of the 33-year-old’s poor form, the 70-year-old added: “Sometimes Pujara gets stuck way too much. Of course, he struggles”.
Pujara recorded an unwanted record after being rejected on the first ball on Christmas Day. He has now registered the largest number of ducks of an Indian dough at No. 3, leaving behind Dilip Vengsarkar.
In the ongoing first test, India put itself in the driver’s seat by bowling South Africa for 197 after putting a 327 on board. Pacer Mohammed Shami grabbed a pull of five wickets and also reached the milestone of 200 test wickets. In their second innings, India lost penner Mayank Agarwal early and were 16/1 on stump, leading South Africa with 146 runs.
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