Twitter Reactions: Cheteshwar Pujara faces the ire of social media for his slow knock

Twitter Reactions: Cheteshwar Pujara faces the ire of social media for his slow knock

Cheteshwar Pujara India
Cheteshwar Pujara of India watches the bouncing ball. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara continued the Indian innings from their overnight score of 126/1. Pujara played a really slow knock of 46 from 159 deliveries. He had a strike rate lower than 30. This caught Twitter’s attention.

His partner at the other end was batting with more flow. Though it looked to be a part of the strategy that Pujara and Rahul bat out the first session and not lose any wickets early on. It worked and the West Indies bowlers were tired after the first burst.

At Lunch, the score read 185/1. They had added 59 runs in the first session and more importantly the Indians didn’t lose any wicket and that put them in a position of advantage. Meanwhile, Rahul completed his 3rd Test hundred and Pujara was batting on 37.

The tempo of the inning didn’t change in the second session and the few Indian fans who were watching the late night telecast didn’t quite enjoy it. It looked like Pujara wasn’t really able to score which has been his problem and is the same reason he looks out of form. Once he gets into the shell and runs don’t come things don’t just slow down but he is tied to one end and eventually loses his wicket.

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In this inning, he had gradually started to gather some momentum but on the score of 46 was unfortunately run out by Roston Chase.

While some people were of the opinion that Pujara was finding form of late, others thought that he wanted to bore the opposition to death. Some indulged in criticism considering that the situation was ample for batting and there was no need to be defensive. Others trolled him in hilarious fashion. Here is a sneak peak into Twitter’s description of Pujara’s slow knock:

https://twitter.com/abvan/status/759812278631792640