Cheteshwar Pujara is recognized as one of the top-quality batsmen in Test cricket. Plying his trade only in the red-ball cricket for India, the Test specialist batsman has played 89 Tests for India. It is worth mentioning here that Pujara is India’s second-highest Test run-getter in the current team.
The Rajkot-born cricketer played 89 Tests for India wherein he scored 6429 runs at a fabulous batting average of 45.6. Combining his gameplay with defence and attack, the right-handed batsman notched up 18 centuries and 30 fifties so far.
Meanwhile, Pujara is currently bringing the best out of himself in the ongoing Test series against England. He might not have scored a century but he made a useful contribution so far in the Test series. Pujara scored 45 off 206 balls in the second innings of the second Test at the Lord’s.
Moreover, he added a vital 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket alongside Ajinkya Rahane. India won the second Test by 151 runs at The Home of Cricket. Pujara took his batting to another level in the third Test at Headingley in Leeds where he had top-scored with 91 in the second innings.
Craig Overton gets frustrated on Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara once again played quite well in the second innings, this time in the fourth Test against England at The Kennington Oval in London. The right-handed batsman added a 153-run partnership alongside Rohit Sharma for the second wicket.
Pujara went on to score 61 with the help of 9 boundaries before getting dismissed by Ollie Robinson. Ahead of his dismissal, Pujara played a defensive shot off Craig Overton and the latter got frustrated with his defence. Earlier, Pujara struck two fours off the same pacer.
Following this, Pujara defended the ball quite well. Meanwhile, Overton lost his cool and then nearly threw the ball towards Pujara out of frustration but he didn’t. In an era where batters play a fearless brand of cricket, Pujara is a rare successful defensive cricketer who ultimately takes pleasure in his defensive tactics and is known to build long innings.
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Meanwhile, India are in a comfort zone at the moment. They lost two quick wickets after the new ball was taken but they are leading by 171 runs. India finished Day 3 with 270/3 in 92 overs. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 22 and 9.