Of all the positive things that happened on day three of the ongoing third Test between England and India in Leeds, Cheteshwar Pujara’s brisk run-scoring and his welcome return to form was the standout for team India. India’s Mr. Dependable finally found his mojo back and has so far scored an unbeaten 91 to keep India’s hopes alive on days four and five.
Pujara also scored his first fifty in 13 innings and displayed abundance of patience and fighting qualities, which we have come used to see from his blade. India opener Rohit Sharma has said that there was no question raised on Pujara’s form in the dressing room at any point in time owing to the class that he brings to the table.
India’s number three also scored an invaluable 45 runs in the Lords Test and waded a tricky little period. Pujara also was one of the standout batters Down Under earlier in a four-match Test series against Australia.
“To be honest, there hasn’t been any talk about Pujara’s batting. I think the talks are only happening outside. Not a single conversation has happened with Pujara regarding his form inside the team dressing room. We know the quality he brings, we know the experience he brings. When you have a guy like that, I don’t think there needs to be much discussion.”
“If you talk about his recent performance, yes I mean he has not scored runs but, we saw a crucial partnership between him and Ajinkya at Lord’s. Not to forget what he did in Australia. Those were crucial innings for us winning that historic Test series in Australia. We tend to forget, our memories are a little bit short,” said Sharma in the post-day press conference according to ESPNCricinfo.