Tuesday, December 6, 2022



Cheteshwar Pujara Drops Sitter at First Slip, Gives Life to Keegan Petersen On Day 4 In 3rd India vs. South Africa Test



Right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is probably going through the worst phase of his international career. The batsman is not only finding it difficult to score consistently with the bat but is also starting to throw his team down the field. The Indian teams was expecting their first step forward on Day 4 of the series with Pujara hitting enough which is the best batsmen.

In the second innings when the 40th over was going on, something happened what Pieterson wasn’t expectingat all, Jasprit Bumrah delivered a bouncer this time, but the right-hander, being in good form jumped on that one and got a thick outside edge.

Bumrah started running towards the slip expecting an important wicket, but Cheteshwar Pujara being there on the field failed to snatch it. It was just below his chest; He went at him with his fingers pointing down. There was disbelief on Pujara’s face while skipper Virat Kohli, standing at second slip, showed no emotion.

This wasn’t the first time that Pujara doing such mistake. In the first innings of the series, he (Pujara) was unsuccessful to catch a hard low at first slip, providing five runs by just hitting the helmet placed on the ground.

As days are going by, the Indian National Cricket team will be seen playing their longer format game against Sri Lanka at the end of February this year. It will be interesting to see the team and the team combination.

In a recent statement released by veteran former cricketer captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that not only Ajinkya Rahane but Shreyas Iyer has a good chance with a century against New Zealand. Therefore, he believes that there may be two more slots vacant for the match against Sri Lanka in February.

The veteran cricketer feels that Pujara and Rahane may be dropped from the series against Sri Lanka in February. Perhaps, Hanuman Vihari can take the place of Pujara, no more. Shreyas Iyer can play at 5th position. Sunil Gavaskar, of course, believes that there could be two slots against the Sri Lankan series.

Nehra felt sad for Pujara and Rahane saying that they couldn’t do much with the balls they faced. The former Indian seamer referred to his superior performances and the tough runs he scored at crucial moments for India over the years. He also admitted that both the batsmen should have been consistent.

He added saying that in such a situation anyone can get out like that, even Virat Kohli. So according to Nehra, he doesn’t pay much attention to getting out and you can’t change your view of senior players after every Test. Nehra says that it is not easy for the management in the current situation as they do not have a backup ready at the moment. He was also convinced that Iyer and Vihari should be given a long rope if they were to succeed in the Sri Lankan series in February.




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