The veteran Indian batter and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has been a very nucleus point of India’s struggle in the second innings of the ongoing Indore Test against Australia. He played a fighting half-century of 59 runs off 142 balls with five boundaries and a stunning six to his name before falling prey to Nathan Lyon in the 57th over of the second Indian innings.
Other than Pujara, it was only Shreyas Iyer who crossed the mark of 20+ runs with a knock of 26 runs off 27 balls with three boundaries and two sixes on his credit. The skipper Rohit Sharma himself was very happy with Pujara’s knock and the latter’s intent of hitting a six just a few balls before he got out.
The fans also went overjoyed following this amazing approach from the Rajkot’s veteran of 101 Tests for India. They took to Twitter to shower praises on Cheteshwar Pujara and appreciate his efforts for the team when it was all-important.
Here’s how fans reacted:
पाकिस्तान में आतंकी मारे जा रहे, शिक्षा मंत्री शराब घोटाले में जेल जा रहा,संयुक्त राष्ट्र कैलाशा के प्रतिनिधि को मंच दे रहा है, पुजारा टेस्ट में छक्के मार रहा, दुनिया जा कहाँ रही है?? #BGT2023 #pujara
— Wonder Boy 🇮🇳 (@im_wonderBoy) March 2, 2023
Pujara ne sun le Rohit ki 😆😆😆😆
— Amit Kalsi (@AmitAustralia) March 2, 2023
@cheteshwar1 well fought
Arey bhai pujara ne 6 maaraa #INDvsAUSTest
— Raushan Prasad (@RaushanPrasad07) March 2, 2023
India has fallen into the trap they have created for Australia.
Btw, Pujara being Pujara.
Well Played ..🙌❤️#IndvsAus pic.twitter.com/fFhZufMpHk
— Swara🍃 (@SwaraMSDian) March 2, 2023
The Greatest ever to play at no.3 position for India 🇮🇳
Talk about No.3, Talk about Pujara ! pic.twitter.com/MPRz2voV0X
— 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐧 (@Hydrogen_45) March 2, 2023
Well done, Cheteshwar Pujara – 59 in 142 balls under the toughest of circumstances. He stood there like a wall and took India towards a respectable total.
Terrific knock, Pujara! pic.twitter.com/h6lJFXwS5M
— 𐍃𐌵𐌱𐌷𐌻𐌽𐌺𐌻𐍂 (@Suvhu0854) March 2, 2023
Rohit asked, Rahul failed. Rohit asked, Virat failed. Rohit asked, Gill failed.
But Rohit asked and Pujara delivered. ❤️
— Abhishek Hanbar (@abhi_ph17) March 2, 2023
Pujara's six is an Event.!!
— Rushikesh Panzade (@rushipanzade98) March 2, 2023
Pujara – The man for the Border Gavaskar Trophy, he has been the fighter, from Bangalore 2017 to Indore 2023.
The Rock at number 3. pic.twitter.com/EU5aVzZTHX
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 2, 2023
— Dr Vaibhav Kapoor (@DrVaibhavK) March 2, 2023
An all-time great, I love him💙
— ….. (@imvickyyyyyyy) March 2, 2023
Talking about the current action of the match, the hosts have scored 162 runs for the loss of six wickets. At the time of filling this copy, star all-rounder Axar Patel and lower-order batter Mohammad Siraj are there in the middle on the individual scores of 14 and 0 runs respectively. Currently, India have taken a lead of 74 runs in the second innings.
Earlier, the spin-pace duo of veteran Indian bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav played an excellent role in bundling up Australia on the score of 197 runs in the first session of the second day of the match. Both Ashwin and Umesh scalped three wickets each following Ravindra Jadeja’s four wickets on the first day of the match.
Rohit Sharma’s men are currently leading the four-match Test series by a margin of 2-0 with two straight convincing wins in the Nagpur and Delhi Tests respectively.