Cheteshwar Pujara Was Disappointed To Be Dismissed In A Bizarre Manner
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Cheteshwar Pujara Was Disappointed To Be Dismissed In A Bizarre Manner

Cheteshwar Pujara, World Test Championship
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Cheteshwar Pujara’s shot took a wicked deflection off the short-leg fielder in an unfortunate turn of events, which paved the way for Rory Burns to take a simple catch, stationed at the short mid-wicket region.

Commenting on his bizarre dismissal in the first Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said he is a “bit disappointed” with the way he got out and added that there was nothing which he can do as a batsman.
Chesteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Cheteshwar Pujara Was Unlucky As He Was Batting Well And Everything Was Perfect

After losing four wickets early, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara build a strong partnership for the fifth wicket and added 119-run for the stand before the latter was dismissed in a bizarre manner in the final session on day three.

“That is something which I can’t do as a batsman. It was unlucky, I would just say that because that’s the only way I thought I could have got out. I was batting really well, I was playing my shots.

“The way I was seeing the ball, everything was going perfect but that was the most unfortunate way one can imagine. A bit disappointed but there’s nothing which I can do as a batsman,” Cheteshwar Pujara said in a virtual press conference after the end of day’s play.

Dominic Bess.
Dominic Bess. Image Credit: Getty Images.

In a bid to punish spinner Dominic Bess for bowling a short-delivery, Cheteshwar Pujara came up with an attacking shot in a bid to score a welcome boundary. In an unfortunate turn of events, Cheteshwar Pujara’s shot took a wicket deflection off the short-leg fielder which paved the way for Rory Burns to take a simple catch, stationed at the short mid-wicket region. Dominic Bess departed Cheteshwar Pujara after scoring an impressive 73 off 143 balls.

Cheteshwar Pujara Likes Rishabh Pant’s Batting Against Spinners And Hopes The Keeper Score Tons

Talking about his crucial partnership with Rishabh Pant who scored 91, Cheteshwar Pujara said he loves batting with him and loves the way he takes on spinners but added that the wicket-keeper batsman has to learn few more things including converting 90’s into hundreds as he missed out on a ton for third successive time.

“When a batter is going after the bowler from one end and if I’m around, we always have a chat in between the over and there is a good right and left-hand combination which frustrates the bowlers.

“I think when the scoreboard is moving, we were building a good partnership and we batted enough now, talking about the last tour in Australia. The way Rishabh bats especially against spinners, I think he likes to take them on and that’s the way he will go about it,” he said.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“It’s been a crucial partnership for us and I hope this continues. I love batting with him. I’m really happy with the way overall he’s playing. He still has to learn few more things, he still has to put the team in a commanding position because he is capable of that and he’s missing out on hundreds. I’m sure he will learn from this but it is good that he is in form,” he added.

India scored 337, with Washington Sundar remaining unbeaten on 85. England scored 64/3 and lead by 305 runs so far in 2nd innings. England scored 578 runs in their first innings with the help of Joe Root’s double ton in his 100th Test match. Rishabh Pant scored 97 in Sydney, 89* in Brisbane and now 91 in Chennai.