When India concluded the first day of the second Test at 21/0, the exciting action between Australia and India began on Day 2 in Delhi on February 18. After KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s opening partnership of 46 runs was broken by Nathan Lyon’s catch of Rahul in front of the wickets, India’s innings was restarted. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was taking part in his 100th Test match, came to the crease after Rahul was dismissed.
The Rajkot-born hitter was dismissed by Lyon for a seven-ball duck, thus he was unable to make an impact in his unique game. When the Australian spinner bowled a ball from around the wicket, Pujara attempted to defend it but was unable to get his bat in front of the pads, which led to his being out.escaping lbw.
The 35-year-old suffered the humiliation of being the eighth player to be dismissed for a zero in their 100th Test after being dismissed. He joined the group that already included well-known figures like Courtney Walsh, Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum, and Dilip Vengsarkar.
On the second ball he faced in the beginning of his innings, when he stepped out to flick a delivery from Lyon, the ball struck on his pads instead, and he escaped a lbw call. The umpire, however, rejected the Australian team’s appeal and declared him not out. With only one review remaining in the inning and insufficient assistance from his colleagues, captain Pat Cummins made the decision tonot question the umpire’s choice.
The ball tracking had three reds on the replays, and Pujara would have been walking to the pavilion if Australia had decided to review it. They didn’t lose much, either, as their guy was caught just five balls into his inning.