Twitterati lash out at Cheteshwar Pujara for not walking after edging the ball in Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka

Twitterati lash out at Cheteshwar Pujara for not walking after edging the ball in Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka

Pujara was at 1 then and went on to score 45 runs eventually to get out to the same bowler.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Cheteshwar Pujara was the one who instilled fear in the Australian camp during the recent series. After spending so much time at the crease, India’s number three came back to India, put his head down and joined his state team Saurashtra in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. After helping the team to chase down 372 runs in the quarterfinal, Pujara is in the news again and this time, not for good reasons.

In the semi-final against Karnataka which is currently in progress at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Pujara, the birthday boy, was given a gift by the on-field umpire. Abhimanyu Mithun’s corker of a delivery took the bat’s edge as the home side started to celebrate the big wicket. But to everyone’s surprise, the umpire didn’t raise the finger and instead suggested the players to get on with the game.

The incident happened in the 23rd over of Saurashtra’s innings when Pujara was batting only on one run and could’ve been a huge moment in the game.

Here’s the video:

Pujara gets out to the same bowler

Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t walk only to irk the Karnataka players and fans. Though he was unfazed by all the criticism around him. He continued to bat the same way and scored 45 runs off 99 balls before getting out to Mithun itself. Saurashtra were 64/2 when he was given not out by the umpire and Pujara was dismissed when the score read 178.

The visitors are well in control of the proceedings as Karnataka have posted only 275 runs on the board in the first innings. The game is interestingly poised at the moment and if he would’ve been given out early, Karnataka would’ve been bossing the game.

Meanwhile, Pujara and the umpire are being lashed out by the fans as they felt the former had to walk off as he knew that he edged the ball. Few also blamed the umpire for not able to pick the edge.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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