Cheteshwar Pujara acquired off to the worst potential begin within the Take a look at sequence in opposition to South Africa as he was dismissed for a first-ball duck by Lungi Ngidi on day 1 of the first Take a look at in Centurion. Coming in to bat after the autumn of the primary wicket of Mayank Agarwal (60), the stage was set for Pujara to consolidate the good begin offered by Mayank and opening companion KL Rahul. The India quantity 3 although was not capable of get going.
Ngidi bowled a supply exterior the off stump line which got here again a bit bit after pitching and that motion acquired the within fringe of Pujara’s bat, hit his thigh guard and lobbed up within the air. The catch was comfy taken by Keegan Petersen positioned at ahead quick leg and that introduced an early finish to Pujara’s keep within the center.
Pujara hasn’t scored a century in Take a look at cricket since January 2019 and the strain has been mounting on him as he hasn’t been capable of make huge contributions with the bat off late. Identified for his impeccable endurance and consistency through the years, Pujara has managed to remain on the wicket for lengthy however that hasn’t translated into runs and this has been an enormous explanation for concern for the Indian staff administration.
Virat Kohli has saved religion in him for now however it will not be lengthy earlier than Pujara’s place within the enjoying XI, similar to that of Ajinkya Rahane, will begin getting questioned.
The dismissal left many Indian cricket followers dissatisfied they usually expressed their emotions on Twitter. Listed below are a number of reactions after Pujara’s dismissal.
Golden Duck for Cheteshwar Pujara
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) December 26, 2021
Ohh pujara….he’s occupying place nothing else as a senior participant he want to grasp that both you’re employed on expertise or depart the placeAdvertisement
— Yuvraj (@yuvrajking8679) December 26, 2021
Cheteshwar Pujara will get out for a golden duck for the second time in Take a look at cricket – each instances in opposition to South Africa at Centurion. The sooner one was a runout by Ngidi & right this moment the bowler was Ngidi.#SAvIND
— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) December 26, 2021
cheteshwar pujara is completed in my ebook
— Sahil Gupta ???????? (@sahilgupta4477) December 26, 2021
It’s time to say goodbye to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has been a gladiator for the Indian staff however sadly he must make manner for youthful abilities like Vihari and Iyer.
– Himansh (@HimanshSingla_) December 26, 2021
– Faizan (@Faizan1900) December 26, 2021
Man what is that this ????♂️
Cheteshwar Pujara out for a golden duck and right here begins our hectic half.
— Alok Ranjan (@itsalokranjan) December 26, 2021
— Mahim Patel (@MahimPatel17) December 26, 2021
This was the eleventh time Pujara was dismissed for a duck in Take a look at cricket, the second time in three innings and first ever golden duck.
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