Cheteshwar Pujara turned out to be the saviour for the Indian cricket team on Day of 1 of the India vs Sri Lanka Test series at the Eden Gardens. On day 1, Suranga Lankamal caused a deep dent to the home team and dismissed KL Rahul in the first ball of the match. He didn’t just stop there but went on to hunt Shikhar Dhawan (8) and skipper Virat Kohli (0) down. Unfortunately day 2 turned out to be no different for the hosts.
In the first hour of the game, India lost the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (4) and R Ashwin (4) and was reduced to 50/4. Despite the pressure and unfavourable weather conditions, Pujara batted remarkably well on the wet outfield. Pujara had scored 47 before the match was interrupted due to rain during the first session on day 2.
Meanwhile, Twitteratis couldn’t stop applauding Pujara’s phenomenal performance.
Here are a few tweets:
— Parshva Shah (@Parshva7939) November 17, 2017
‘Make bowlers bowl to your strengths’
Pujara showing how it’s done. Courtesy his patience and the knowledge of where the off stump is. #IndvSL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 17, 2017
Patience is the key when you bat in such conditions. Pujara putting on a show of test match batting here. India needs him to stay for long #INDvSL
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) November 17, 2017
Pujara is batting on the same pitch where fellow Indian players are playing ? @BCCI
— bharat hirani (@bharat_hirani90) November 17, 2017
To recount what John Wright told Rahul Dravid at Leeds in 2002, if Pujara converts this into a century, it could be the highest point on his CV
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 17, 2017
Pujara is fighting with the difficult conditions out there. U have to praise his inngs
— Riya. (@ViratsCricShots) November 17, 2017
— Abhijeet Kulkarni (@abk6580) November 17, 2017
If you are 5 down below 100 on a fast greenish track u can blindly trust that out of 2 not out on crease one will be definitely @cheteshwar1
India at lunch 74/5 and Pujara on 47* @sardesairajdeep #INDvsSL
— Deepak Sharma (@deepakbhlscr) November 17, 2017
India : 74
Pujara : 47
Oddly satisfying. #INDvSL
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 17, 2017
Lol Pujara 47 Is Trending in India
— Captain Steve Rogers (@SRKsXman) November 17, 2017
Cmon Rain – You could have been courteous enough to allow Pujara complete his half century – With the largest partnership of 24 runs on, India would take lunch early – 74/5 – Pujara 47 & Saha 6 #INDvSL
— Rathnavel Ponnuswami (@reavan) November 17, 2017
Cheteshwar Pujara 47* in 164 mins, 102 balls
1s: 9 (9 runs)
2s: 1 (2 runs)
4s: 9 (36 runs)#IndvSL
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2017
Pujara’s playing a Charles Bannerman-like innings here.
165 out of 245 for CB.
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) November 17, 2017
Dug one out that kept a tad low early on, dropped wrists beautifully to one that was banged in, stroked that last one for four through cover… Pujara on point this morning. #IndvSL
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) November 17, 2017
Out of 54 runs scored by India so far – 33 runs have come from Pujara’s bat. The rest of the 4 batsmen have managed 16 runs and 5 extras have come …hmmm #indvsl
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) November 17, 2017
Before the game was stopped due to rain and an early lunch was taken, Pujara was playing on 47 and Team India were at 74/2.