Cheteshwar Pujara, one of India’s most dependable Test cricket batsmen, gave Twitterati a reason to make memes on him. The batsman took 53 balls to score a run during the ongoing third and the last Test match at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on January 24.
The right-handed batsman is known for his defensive game. One does not expect Pujara to go all guns blazing. His strike rate has always been a talking point.
On Day 1 of the third Test, Pujara waved his bat to the crowd after he opened his run account on the 54th delivery of his innings. He also shared a light moment with Virat Kohli, who was batting with him at the other end.
Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. India got off to a poor start as they lost their openers quickly. India were struggling when Pujara and skipper took the responsibility to stable the Indian innings.
Pujara took almost 90 minutes to score the first run off his bat. Had he played a few more balls he would have broken Rajesh Chauhan’s record of playing most number of balls before getting off the mark (for an Indian batsman).
Here are some of the reactions:
Watching Pujara Bat, right now. pic.twitter.com/PcqJodMfK0
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 24, 2018
In parallel universe
Pujara playing with 100+ strike rate#IndvSA
— NARESH (@connect2ns) January 24, 2018
Pujara is like a person who walks into a bank without an Aadhaar number.
Just can’t open his account.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 24, 2018
Pujara brings up his fifty. Raises his bat to the crowd, acknowledges the dressing room and remarks his guard. Now on to the 100.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) January 24, 2018
I need Pujara’s level of chill in my life
— El Mago (@LonNkuhlu) January 24, 2018
— शिवम. (@Oye_Protein) January 24, 2018
When someone asks pujara to hit century.
Pujara : pic.twitter.com/RhNedD2Zv4
— Mask (@Mr_LoLwa) January 24, 2018
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 24, 2018
— KAJALaneNENU (@BanarasiBasanti) January 24, 2018
Dressing room scenes when Pujara scored his first run pic.twitter.com/J2aZEqrvKG
— Suresh (@srtxt7) January 24, 2018
Best thing I like about Pujara is his confidence. Not saying because he is 0 off 46 balls. But because he has put himself on the IPL auction roster for 75 lakhs.
— I dont know anything. (@ABVan) January 24, 2018
Quality 50 by Pujara. What a knock. 0* off 50. pic.twitter.com/QNxDmsKOvN
— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) January 24, 2018
— Amazing Ekta™ (Eku) (@ekta_amazing) January 24, 2018
1. When he went in to bat.
2. By the time he opens his account pic.twitter.com/V6wArX9laZ
— Kuptaan (@Kuptaan) January 24, 2018
Chetesvar Pujara dedicated his fifty to Narendra Modi Government’s performance of last 4 years. #IndVsSA
— Kangana Ranaut (@RealQueenSimren) January 24, 2018
*Pujara comes into the crease*
*Pujara scores his 1st run*
we all grew up…. pic.twitter.com/RYwYBSfOb0
— Navneet (@_farzi_doc_) January 24, 2018
Kids: Bets on match wins
Adults: Bets on Runs
Legend: Bets on Pujara’s 1st runs
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) January 24, 2018
Pujara is promoting SRK’s Zero in South Africa #IndVsSA
— Abhishek #408 (@ImAbhishek7_) January 24, 2018
Kohli: Is the match going on at an SBI branch?
Kohli: Then why the hell is it taking you so long to open your account?#SAvIND
— Swagpur ka Choudhary (@ABChoudhary007) January 24, 2018
— Karan Sharma (@KaranbhaiSharma) January 24, 2018
Most balls before the first run in Tests since 2001:
61 Stuart Broad, England vs New Zealand, 2013
53 Cheteshwar Pujara, India vs South Africa, 2018
52 Faf du Plessis, South Africa vs India, 2015
45 Hashim Amla, South Africa vs India, 2015
Meanwhile, India were 100/ 3 when this report was filed. Skipper Virat Kohli (54) was the third batsman who returned to the pavilion.