India had a tough fight on the opening day of the third test match against England at Tren Bridge. After a good start from defenders KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan; Ajinkya Rahane and captain Virat Kohli scored a half-century to help India get a good result on the board. Cheteshwar Pujara, however, didn’t had a great day and ended up with a disappointing session on the field with the bat.
Sunil Gavaskar, who is currently on commentary duties in England, came ahead to decipher Pujara’s attitude and accused the team management for pressuring the player over his low rate. Gavaskar said that the pull shot from Pujara isn’t his natural game and that this could be the result of the pressure created on him to change his approach.
“Pujara, whose mind was confused when he was pressurized about his run rate, went for a hook shot on the verge of lunch break and was caught at the deep square leg. That’s not his normal game and this is what happens when you try to change the traditional game of the batsman who already has 4,000 runs, it can be counterproductive. Pujara’s power is to stand firm and hold the one side allowing the other batsman to play around shots,” writes Gavaskar in his column for the Times of India.
Pujara, who is known as a steady fighter on the field and enjoys spending time in the middle, shot an unfamiliar shot in the game against Woakes and gave up his wicket. However, his wicket was not felt as Kohli and Rahane decided to take over and defend 97 and 81 runs, respectively, to put India in a contented position.
The current status of the match is English men still need more 455 runs to win the test and also take over the series against India.