He made them wait and slog and get tired, but he did not shift for almost 200+ balls - that's what Cheteshwar Pujara did as he scored 45 runs on Day 4 of the 2nd Test at Lord's in London.
While he was finally dismissed for 45 by Mark Wood, Pujara's resilience was praised by one and all. From getting cheers from the crowd after scoring his first run after 35 balls to even the claps after getting to 100 balls with 12 runs to his name or even completing 200 balls.
While his and Ajinkya Rhane's 'slow' innings received mixed reviews, many believe the two batsmen somehow stabled the innings.
However, now with two fresh batsmen at the crease after the departure of Rahane for 61, fans are looking forward to seeing a fiery spell with Rishabh Pant. He will be accompanied by Ishant Sharma on the field after the departure of Ravindra Jadeja for 3.
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— Neha Sharma (@imneha30) August 15, 2021
Both Rahane and Pujara had been under the pump prior to this innings but now they both have pumped India into a safe position...#Rahane #Pujara #AjinkyaRahane #IndvsEng #ENGvIND #Cricket #cricketnews #IndianCricketTeam #India #England #englandfans
— Sujith V (@Sujith1727) August 15, 2021
There should be no second thoughts in dropping Pujara.
One should be able to at least bat at a strike rate of 30 and this pitch is not a minefield or swinging crazily. It was a bit favorable for batting.
But scores 40 odd runs facing over 200+ balls. https://t.co/PhyHeE4NxJ
— Shriram (@shriramtweet) August 15, 2021
That's why Test cricket is interesting..Pujara and Rahane did defence almost two session and now Pant and Jadeja will attack and England are waiting for second new ball..#IndvsEng
— jha mohit (@mohitjha19999) August 15, 2021
Mock Pujara's 45(206) as much as you want, but he was on the crease close to 63 overs, and stayed there close to 7 hours. On another day, it could have saved the team from a certain defeat, it still might.#INDvENG #ENGvIND #LordsTest
— Manish Rao (@immanishrao) August 15, 2021
From Pujara we Indian fans have to switch to Pant.
Can you imagine how the heart rate gets effected? No team like this I say.
— Hitchy (@hitchwriter) August 15, 2021
As for the clash, India have lost six wickets, of which three - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli - departed before lunch. They took 150 runs lead and will be looking to take it