Birmingham. Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the Test team. But scoring 2 double centuries in the County Championship gave him signs of a return to form. After this he was again included in the Indian team. But they could not maintain their performance in the 5th Test (IND vs ENG). He got out after scoring 13 runs in the first innings. In the match, England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to bowl. Pujara and Shubman Gill came out to open and both are out. India were 53 for 2 in 20.1 overs till the game was stopped due to rain. Anderson has got both the wickets. Hanuma Vihari 14 and Virat Kohli are playing after scoring one run. Jasprit Bumrah is making his debut as captain from the match.
Cheteshwar Pujara, however, has been batting at number-3 in Tests. But in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, he got a chance to open. He has played as an opener in the past as well. He fell victim to fast bowler James Anderson by scoring 13 runs off 46 balls. Hit 2 fours. He has not been able to touch the 20-run mark 6 times in the last 9 innings against England. This can give an idea about their poor performance.
scored 2 fifties
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 4 and 12 not out in both the innings of the Test played in Nottingham last year. He could not make an impact even in the second Test played at Lord’s. During this he scored 9 and 45 runs. After this he scored 1 and 91 in Leeds and 4 and 61 at The Oval. Now at Edgbaston, he was dismissed after scoring 13 runs. During this, he scored 2 half-centuries. In the series against South Africa, he could score only one half-century in 3 Tests. Because of this he was dropped from the team.
Australia’s sixth win, close to 80 percent mark in the World Test Championship, far ahead of Team India
If we look at 34-year-old Cheteshwar Pujara’s overall Test record, it is good. Before this match, he has scored 6713 runs in 95 Tests at an average of 44. Has scored 18 centuries and 32 half-centuries. That is, 50 times he has played an innings of more than 50 runs. He played the biggest innings of 206 not out.
Tags: Cheteshwar Pujara, IND vs ENG, India Vs England, James Anderson, Team India
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 01, 2022, 17:01 IST