India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara’s run out nightmare continues
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India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara’s run out nightmare continues

Skipper Virat Kohli sold a dummy to leave Cheteshwar Pujara stranded on one run, providing the debating point as the fresh break of play happened

cricket Updated: Aug 10, 2018 19:12 IST
N Ananthanarayanan
N Ananthanarayanan
Hindustan Times, London
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India's batsmen captain Virat Kohli, left, and India's Cheteshwar Pujara leave the pitch as rain stops play during the second day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London.(AP)

Cheteshwar Pujara’s run out nightmare continued on Friday after he was stranded following a horrendous mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli that left India gasping in the rain-hit second Test against England at Lord’s.

India were reduced to 15/3 when a fresh spell of rain forced the players off the field. The first day was washed out due to rain and the first stoppage happened with India down to 11/2 in 6.3 overs.

However, skipper Virat Kohli sold a dummy to leave Pujara stranded on one run, providing the debating point as the fresh break of play happened. Pujara, not given a chance in the first Test at Edgbaston, which England won in four days, was looking to put his County experience into practice when disaster struck.

With India having lost both openers – Jimmy Anderson bowled Murali Vijay for nought and had KL Rahul caught behind for eight before the first rain break – it was vital that Kohl and Pujara saw off the difficult phase, with England looking to cash in after skipper Joe Root won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Pujara was criticised by India coach Ravi Shastri, who said “he should not try to be Usain Bolt”, after his run outs in South Africa. The batsman, who revived his career after undergoing knee surgeries, was run out in both innings in the Centurion Test against South Africa in January.

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With two early wickets gone and his patience absolutely vital, Pujara seemed to be coping well and allowing Kohli to look for runs. However, this time it appeared Kohli was more to blame.

Pujara pushed Anderson towards point, and as debutant Ollie Pope moved to his right to field, moved out looking for a run. Seeing Kohli start running down the pitch, he took off, only for Kohli to rush back to the crease at the non-striker’s end. Pope had the simple job of jogging in to remove the bails at the striker’s end.

Pujara has already been under huge pressure to perform and came into the eleven as one of two changes made by India. The visitors dropped opener Shikhar Dhawan due to his poor technique against swing bowling. Pujara’s 25-ball knock showed his lessons playing for Yorkshire, despite not scoring a fifty in first-class games as he faced tough conditions early in the season, were crucial.

But poor calling has once again added pressure on the man who puts a price on his wicket, and India facing the prospect of being skittled out in this truncated match.

England won the first Test of the five-match series in Edgbaston by 31 runs.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 19:12 IST