Cheteshwar Pujara has now played 28 Test innings without a century


India`s No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has now played 28 Test innings without scoring a century. His final century had come 17 Test matches in the past, when he scored 193 in opposition to Australia in Sydney in January 2019. Since then he has scored 9 half-centuries, however has not been in a position to convert any of these into three-figure knocks.
The closest Pujara, 33, got here near scoring a century since his 193 was when he scored 81 within the second innings of the Visakhapatnam Test in opposition to South Africa in October 2019.
And the final Test century Pujara scored in India was the 143 in opposition to Sri Lanka in November 2017 in Nagpur.
Of his 18 centuries, Pujara has scored 10 centuries in India and eight overseas.
Pujara appears to be notably struggling in opposition to left-arm spinners. England`s Jack Leach, for instance, dismissed him for the fourth trip of six within the ongoing house four-match Test sequence, persevering with right-handed batsman`s troubles in opposition to the left-armers.
While his efficiency in Australia over the past two sequence has taken him to higher heights, the actual fact stays that he hasn`t scored a hundred in India over the past three years. His highest has been 86 and he has averaged slightly below 35 over the past three-year interval. He has averaged underneath 34 on the No.3 spot over the last three years in India.
India skipper Virat Kohli was requested by IANS on the eve of the fourth and remaining Test in regards to the issues confronted by Pujara.
Kohli responded nearly irritably: “Up until three-four years ago, people were talking about that he is a flat track bully; doesn`t score abroad. Now that he has started to score abroad, people are saying he doesn`t score in India. He knows what he has to do; the batting coach knows what he has to do.”
Whatever work the batting coach Vikram (*28*) or Pujara himself had achieved previous to the beginning of the continued fourth Test in opposition to England, didn`t appear to have been sufficient because the right-handed batsman was on Friday once more dismissed by Leach for simply 17 off 66 deliveries. He fell leg-before the wicket.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar says the bat wants to return forward of the pad on tracks that help spin bowlers.
In Pujara`s case on Friday, it was his pad that first met the ball and even a overview couldn`t save him.
Anshuman Gaekwad, one other former India batsman, had additionally identified the error Pujara was making. Gaekwad mentioned he’s taking part in half-cocked in opposition to left-arm spinners.
Facing as much as the left-arm spin bowlers hasn`t been simple for Pujara for fairly a while. He returned from the 2019 Australia with the Man-of-the-Series trophy after making over 500 runs.
But within the Ranji Trophy remaining, Vidarbha made his wrestle with their left-arm spinner who obtained him in each innings.
Pujara likes to make use of his ft to chop down spin however the second that possibility is lower out, he tends to wrestle.
That is what Leach has exploited as he has obtained him 4 instances. The India No.3 has scored simply 61 in opposition to Leach within the sequence, averaging 15.5 in opposition to him.
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