Watch: Pujara livid with himself after 'crazy' dismissal

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Last Updated: Mon, Feb 8th, 2021, 09:45:07hrs
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Why does it always happen to Cheteshwar Pujara? Watch video

The final session on Day 3 of the opening Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed one of the most unluckiest of dismissals.

Pujara pulls hard and the ball balloons off a ducking Ollie Pope at short leg straight to midwicket where Rory Burns takes a simple catch. Another compact innings from India's Test mainstay is cut short before he could reach the three-figure mark.

Livid with himself, Pujara walked back for  73 off 143 deliveries. Dom Bess, who had earlier dismissed Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, is the bowler who snapped the 119-run stand between Rishabh Pant and Pujara.

Pujara felt that it was the only way he could have got out.

"Yeah it was [disappointing]. That is something [about] which I can't do much as a batsman. It was just unlucky. I would say that. That is the only way I could have got out. I was batting really well. The way I was playing my shots. The way I was seeing the ball. Everything was perfect," said Pujara after the end of the second day's play.

"That was the most unfortunate way, one can imagine. So I am a bit disappointed. There is nothing I can do as a batsman. That wasn't any technical error. I was trying to put that away. It hit the short-leg fielder. So can't help it," he further said.

Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed in a similar manner during the famous India-Australia series, back in 2000-'01.

Back in 2001, in the first Test in Mumbai, Tendulkar was reviving Indian innings after the Sourav Ganguly-led side conceded a massive first-innings lead of 173 runs. India were close to clearing the deficit with just two wickets down at 154.

Tendulkar, who had come in at No. 5, was on 65 when he pulled a delivery from Mark Waugh but the ball got deflected off the back of the short-leg just like Pujara's and went straight to Ricky Ponting who completed the catch with utmost ease.

India collapsed from being 154/2 to 219 all out and then went on to lose the Test by 10 wickets.


Pant and Pujara in action against England (Photo/ BCCI Twitter)


Pujara's unlucky dismissal with India at 192, however, didn't immediately trigger off a quick collapse as they went to stumps on Day 3 at 257/6. A wicket on the fourth morning could hurt India.

India were earlier reduced to 73 for four after a couple of wickets that seemed to have been thrown away. Asked if India were too aggressive, Pujara said, "We just wanted to bat normally. The conditions are different. When we are playing in India, the scoring rate is on the higher side and we were getting loose balls."

"Rishabh (Pant) always bats the way he bats. He always likes to take the bowlers on. Even with Ajinkya (Rahane), the ball was there, it was full toss. You got to put those balls away. Unfortunately it went straight to covers. But otherwise nine out of 10 times you would have hit that for a four. That happens," he said.

With Agency Inputs


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