Cheteshwar Pujara seems to be having a hard time since he has returned to his County side Yorkshire after one-off Test against Afghanistan. South African pacer Dale Steyn is making the best of the opportunity has regained his form and is knocking on selectors’ doors with his recent performances. First, Steyn got Pujara out in Royal London One-Day Cup 2018 followed by County Championship fixture on June 20.
In the One-Day game, Steyn surprised Pujara with extra bounce and got an edge of his bat to the first slip. In the County Championship, the Proteas fast bowler’s delivery went straight through Pujara’s defense and uprooted two stumps off the ground.
Here’s the dismissal –
Steyn v Pujara. @DaleSteyn62 wins
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) June 20, 2018
Here’s the video of Steyn taking Pujara’s wicket earlier this week –
Dale Steyn is bowling scorchers
Cheteshwar Pujara goes for 0 having flown back in specifically for the match
— One-Day Cup (@OneDayCup) June 18, 2018
The 30-year-old registered two ducks in a single week across two formats. On June 20, Pujara got out for a duck after facing 10 dot deliveries.
Steyn picked up four wickets. He got through Yorkshire’s middle order. His other victims were Garry Ballance, Harry Brook and Jonathan Tattesall. Despite early wickets, Yorkshire managed to post 315 for 7 on the scoreboard at Day 1, Stumps.
Pujara scored only 35 runs in the historic Test against Afghanistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. He became 17-year-old Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s first Test wicket.
With Test selection for England tour coming up, Pujara has to perform well in English pitch conditions. He has not done well in County Championship of late.