During the third test match between India and Australia, which is now taking place in Indore, Cheteshwar Pujara, the linchpin of India’s batting order, was removed in a fashion that rendered him speechless. The fact that Nathan Lyon bowled Pujara for only one run was a crucial turning point in the game.
With only 36 runs scored in India’s first inning’s ninth over, they were eliminated. Just a fraction of a length off his back foot, Cheteshwar Pujara chose to play a ball from Lyon. The ball, though, stayed low and spun sharply from outside off, taking out Pujara with ease and crashing through the middle stump.
Even while playing from the back foot may have felt like the best option at the time, Cheteshwar Pujara was thwarted by the pitch’s lack of bounce. When the ball did not rise as much as he had anticipated, he was caught off guard. Due to Pujara’s departure early in the innings, India was in a precarious scenario.
Although Cheteshwar Pujara is recognised for his grit and prowess as a captain, India suffered a significant blow when he was dismissed. He has historically been a key player for India, therefore his absence will be noticed for the remainder of the innings. Nathan Lyon and the rest of the team were thrilled, while Pujara and the Indian team were sad.
In the current Test match between India and Australia at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, India won the toss and elected to bat.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was stumped by Alex Carey for 12 runs off of 23 balls as a result of Matthew Kuhnemann’s spin. After a decent start, Shubman Gill, the opener, was caught by Steven Smith off Kuhnemann for 21 runs off 18 balls.