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Cheteshwar Pujara Faces Heat For Throwing His Wicket Away In Nagpur
By CricShots - Feb 10, 2023 12:12 pm
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The Indian fans usually have high expectations from designated batters and when they fail to perform, especially in Tests, it often draws criticism. India’s Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara became one such victim against Australia on Friday after his wicket in Nagpur at a crucial juncture took the spotlight.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed cheaply

India assumed a strong position against Australia in the opening game of the four-match series against Australia, labeled the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. The hosts, riding on Rohit Sharma’s flamboyant 85 not out (at the time of writing), were on 149/3 after dismissing Australia for 177 in the first innings.

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However, they would have been in an even better position had Cheteshwar Pujara managed to extend his stay at the crease for a little longer. After R Ashwin walked into bat at No. 3 during the late hours of Day 1 in the Nagpur Test, his dismissal led to Pujara coming to the crease at No. 4 on Day 2.

The veteran India batter began well, hitting spinner Todd Murphy a couple of times while at the same time, cautiously defending Scott Boland. But then during the 45th over of the innings, Pujara decided to play a sweep shot on a loose ball off Murphy which was pitched way outside the leg stump, only to get a top edge.

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The ball went straight to Boland at short fine leg, and with that, he departed after scoring just 7 off 14 balls. It was a very unusual shot by Cheteshwar Pujara, who tends to take some time to settle himself before attacking the spinner. Moreover, he was dismissed by the 22-year-old Murphy, who is making his debut in red-ball cricket, which led him to become the center of attention in a negative way.

Here is the video of the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara:

Here is how the Indian fans reacted to the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara: