The Indian Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara witnessed the most unusual dismissal of his illustrious career on the third day of the ongoing first Test between India and England on Sunday. In the 51st over, Pujara was the receiving end when the English spinner, Dom Bess delivered a half-tracker and he rocked onto his backfoot and played a pull shot.
However, unfortunately for the Indian batsman, the ball rebounded off Ollie Pope at the forward short-leg and ballooned straight into the hands of Rory Burns at mid-wicket as Pujara had to take the long walk back to the pavilion.
Here’s the video of the bizarre dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) termed the mode of Pujara’s dismissal as “unusual”. Tweeting about the same, they wrote: “Pujara falls! An unusual dismissal, Pujara’s pull shot rebounding off the short leg fielder straight to Burns at short mid-wicket 😲 India’s No.3 walks back for 73.”
An unusual dismissal, Pujara's pull shot rebounding off the short leg fielder straight to Burns at short mid-wicket 😲
— ICC (@ICC) February 7, 2021
On Day 3 of the first Test, India were tottering for 73 for four at one stage while trailing by a huge margin with England’s 578. Pujara and Rishabh Pant stitched together a 119-run stand for the fifth wicket. Pujara scored 73 runs while the latter also managed to pull of a flamboyant half-century but eventually missed out on a hundred by just nine runs.
Bess got the wickets of both Pujara and Pant which dented India’s recovery. Earlier in the day, England added 23 runs to their overnight score of 555 for eight before being bundled out in their first innings.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were the picks of the bowler as they picked up three wickets apiece while Ishant Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up two scalps each.