Twitterati fail to understand how Cheteshwar Pujara managed to get himself out

Twitterati fail to understand how Cheteshwar Pujara managed to get himself out

Pujara fell for 14 on a Chris Woakes delivery.

Cheteshwar Pujara
England bowler Chris Woakes celebrates after dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

First session on Day 1 of another Test match and the Indian team is in trouble. This premise isn’t new as it has been the story for the whole of this tour now. For the third time in as many Tests the Indian team started with a new opening combination. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul got them off to a watchful and rather affirming start but fell to Chris Woakes. With Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli at the crease, the Indian team would’ve wanted to go into Lunch two down but that was not to be.

Just at the stroke of the first break, Pujara decided to break character. Facing a short ball from Woakes he chose to attack it, rocked on to the backfoot and hooked the ball. It was angled at his body and around chest height. Under regular circumstances one would expected Pujara to duck under it but not today. He targeted the on-side to get a boundary and end the session on a high but he couldn’t keep the hook shot down and the ball was travelling.

Adil Rashid stationed at long leg moved a few steps to his right to grab a stunning catch. The look on Pujara’s face was of disbelief as well. He couldn’t believe he found the fielder with a shot he was confident will travel to the ropes.

The right-hander fell for 14 and it was lunch. They scored 82 runs in the first session but more importantly lost three wickets. Pretty similar to the Edgbaston Test, the ball didn’t swing immediately. Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad couldn’t move it a lot in the first spell but there was substantial lateral movement when Ben Stokes and Woakes were operating at around the 15th over of the morning.

With the way things have panned out in the match so far it will once again be up to Kohli to bail the team out of troubles and take them to a substantial total batting first.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Pujara’s uncharacteristic dismissal: