- Pujara attacked and played
- The umpire was also shocked
- India hope in the second innings
Criticism arose from many quarters that India’s veteran batsman should start changing his style. Pujara’s defensive batting in Gabba and Sydney against Australia had given India the upper hand. But Pujara’s slow pace in batting conditions had a significant impact on the team’s score. At the end of the third day, Pujara scored 91 off 180 balls. It contains 15 fours.
Pujara also has the best strike rate among batsmen in the Indian team. The player’s average is 50.56. India are expecting a century from Pujara in Leeds after a long time. A big innings is expected from Virat Kohli at the crease with 45 runs.
Pujara also shook the leg umpire once during the attacking batting. Umpire Richard Kettleborough escaped because he changed on time. The incident took place in the 79th over when spinner Moin Ali was bowled. Pujara’s powerful shot bounced off the ball and into the boundary. The umpire suddenly changed when he saw the ball coming towards him.
Pujara’s change of style has excited the fans. On the fourth day, Indian hopes were on the shoulders of Pujara and Kohli. India can only hope for the rest of the day if they bat all day. Indian fans are expecting a performance like the one that made a grand comeback in the Lord’s Test.
India were able to advance to a better score on the third day after a quick knock out of England. England ended the first innings with 432 runs. Mohammad Shami took 4 wickets for India. Despite the sudden loss of opener KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma added to India’s tally on the third day. Rohit, who batted beautifully, was dismissed for 59 off 156 balls. Ollie Robbins took the wicket. Rahul’s wicket was taken by Craig Overton. Rahul had scored a century for India in the Lord’s Test. India are 1-0 up in the series.
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