Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from South Africa tour
India suffered an innings defeat within 3 days in the Centurion Test.
New Delhi. Veteran spinner Harbhajan says that in red ball cricket, the Indian team has no better batsman than Cheteshwar Pujara. Bhajji remembered Pujara after the Indian team’s defeat in the Centurion Test. In the first Test match played in Centurion, the Indian batsmen surrendered in front of South African fast bowlers in just 3 wickets. Neither India’s batting nor bowling worked in this test. In the first innings, KL Rahul definitely scored a century but it was not enough, whereas in the second innings, Kohli scored a half-century but he did not get support from the other end. After this defeat, Harbhajan Singh has said that he cannot understand why the selectors dropped Pujara from the team. Bhajji says that of course Pujara plays slowly but he saves you in the match.
Harjan Singh took the Indian selectors to task on his YouTube channel. He said, ‘Ajinkya Rahane was not selected in the Indian team and Cheteshwar Pujara was left behind and moved ahead. Pujara was dropped without any reason. At present, India does not have any batsman better than him in red ball cricket.
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‘Pujara had as much contribution as Virat’
Describing the past record of Pujara, the former off-spinner of Team India said that he scored runs everywhere. Harbhajan said that the two players included in the Indian team, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, scored runs everywhere. If you look at the previous record, Virat Kohli’s contribution was equal to that of Pujara’s. I don’t understand why he was thrown out? We still do not have a better batsman than Pujara in Test cricket. He may play slow but he saves you. Because of him, India has won the series in Australia and England.
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Harbhajan said about the Centurion Test that Team India’s defeat was certain after the first innings itself. The former right-arm spinner said that in three days it never felt like India was in the game. The second and last Test match of the series between India and South Africa will be played in Cape Town from January 3. Team India cannot win the series by winning the second test but can definitely equalise.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: December 30, 2023, 09:28 IST