Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 1st Indian to achieve this rare and unwanted feat

Cheteshwar Pujara has become the first Indian cricketer to be run out twice in a Test match.

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2018 18:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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South African players celebrate after the run out of India’s Cheteshwar Pujara.(Reuters)

Cheteshwar Pujara is known for his rock-solid batting. With a tally of 4,445 runs from 56 Tests at an average of 51.09, he is among the current generation’s leading batsmen in world cricket. (IND v SA 2nd Test Highlights | Centurion Scorecard)

However, on the fifth day of the second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion, the India No.3 made an unwanted record that he would like to forget as soon as possible.

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Pujara on Wednesday became the first Indian cricketer to be run out twice in a Test match. He achieved this dubious distinction after he failed to make his ground while going for a third run in the company of Parthiv Patel during India’s second innings.

Earlier in the first innings, he was run out on the very first ball he had faced. On both occasions, debutant South African pacer Lungi Ngidi was involved in his dismissal.

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Pujara’s twin run out dismissals also made him the first player to do so in a Test in 17 years. Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming was the last batsman to be run out twice in a Test against Zimbabwe on December 26, 2000.

Overall, it was the 25th instance of a batsman losing his wicket twice via run out in a Test in cricket history.

Allan Border, Marvan Atapattu, Wasim Akram, Zaheer Abbas, Mark Taylor and Clive Lloyd are among the batsmen to have suffered the same fate in the past.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 18:25 IST