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‘Cheteshwar Pujara is a person without Aadhaar, cannot open account’

Cheteshwar Pujara took 54 balls to get off the mark in the third Test against South Africa and this prompted hilarious reactions on Twitter.

cricket Updated: Jan 25, 2018 13:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Cheteshwar Pujara,Indian national cricket team,Aadhaar card
Cheteshwar Pujara became the first Indian to be run-out in both innings of a Test while in the Johannesburg Test, he took 54 balls to get off the mark.(BCCI)

Cheteshwar Pujara was mercilessly trolled on social media after he was run out twice in the second Test at Centurion. It was an odd sight, given that he had been dismissed in that fashion on only four occasions in his previous 92 innings. However, for reasons unknown, his impulse to stick to a modest strike rate cost the team dear and while he was required to anchor the Indian innings, he ended up being the first Indian to be run out twice in a Test match. (SOUTH AFRICA vs INDIA LIVE UPDATES)

Thus, when he started out with his resolute defence in the first innings of the third Test, it was probably an understandable move given India lost their opening for with just 13 runs on the board. (SOUTH AFRICA vs INDIA LIVE SCORECARD)

However, Pujara’s grit and determination to stick on and see off the overs perhaps stretched a bit too far as he notched up his maiden run off the 54th delivery he faced. It broke the previous record set by Sachin Tendulkar, who took 45 balls to get off the mark against Zimbabwe in the Test at Feroz Shah Kotla in 2002.

In fact, Pujara could even be one of the cricketers to have played close to 50 balls and yet gone out for a duck had South Africa reviewed a leg-before appeal off Lungi Ngidi in the 20th over. While it hit both the pads, the front first, South Africa weren’t too keen to go for a review, which showed three reds!

Nonetheless, he got off the mark in Ngidi’s next over, with the crowd going wild at the Centurion. Despite the precarious situation India were in, Pujara’s maiden run managed to bring smiles all around the ground. It also sent the Twitteratis into an unreal buzz and out came a barrage of creative, witty and humorous reactions on social media.

Pujara eventually got out after scoring 50 off 179 deliveries while India were bundled out for a paltry 187. At the end of day’s play, South Africa were still 181 runs behind with nine wickets in hand after opener Aiden Markram was sent pack by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 12:38 IST