Shane Warne Criticised For Saying Australia Should Rip Cheteshwar Pujara's Helmet Off
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Shane Warne Criticised For Saying Australia Should Rip Cheteshwar Pujara’s Helmet Off

Shane Warne, Australian squad
Shane Warne (Image Credit: Google)

Shane Warne, Fox Cricket commentator was heard suggesting that the Australian bowlers should upset Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara and ‘rip the helmet off’ during 5th and final day of the 4th Australia-India Test which left viewers unimpressed.

As Cheteshwar Pujara battled to survive the final day of the game, scoring just 11 runs off his first 100 deliveries, Australia’s quicks engaged in an aggressive tactic to test India’s No.3 with a barrage of bouncers as he was struck on the body by short-pitched deliveries on more than one occasion.Cheteshwar Pujara Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Shane Warne: Australia Should Upset Him And Try To Rip His Helmet Off

Australia’s tactics closely followed former spin wizard Shane Warne’s suggestion in the commentary box, when he was heard asking Australia to unleash the short ball on the 32-year-old in a bid to break India’s resistance.

“I reckon rough Pujara up,” Warne said. “He’s in his zone, he’s in his rhythm here. Upset him, try and rip the helmet off. Give him some short stuff.”

The comments didn’t go down too well with certain viewers watching the match, who felt that the suggestion to ‘rip the helmet off’ Cheteshwar Pujara was insensitive and in bad taste, especially with increased sensitivity around concussion and player safety in recent times.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On a deteriorating pitch that developed cracks on day five, Cheteshwar Pujara continued facing short balls through the course of his valiant knock, requiring medical attention several times.

Cheteshwar Pujara Departed After Scoring 56 From 211 Balls While Rishabh Pant Is Still At Crease

In the 49th over, the batsman copped a blow from pacer Josh Hazlewood on his right hand (he’s already carrying a finger injury), and was writhing in pain upon its impact. Not long after, a well-directed bouncer from the same bowler hit him flush on the helmet, but he continued to keep batting after being checked on by the medical staff.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As far as the match is concerned, India are 275/5 in the 3rd session needing 53 more runs for an outright victory with Rishabh Pant (59) still on crease. Cheteshwar Pujara has departed after scoring 56 from 211 balls with 7 boundaries while Mayank Agarwal scored only 9.