“Is Cheteshwar Pujara’s International Career Over?”: England Great’s Tough Question As Indian Batters Struggle In Ranchi Test


File photo of Cheteshwar Pujara.© AFP

Legenday pacer Stuart Broad has been following the India vs England fourth Test quite closely. The former right-arm England pacer is also taking it to social media to fire in his opinions about the game and also about the two teams. On Saturday, the Indian top and middle-order, barring Yashasvi Jaiswal and Dhruv Jurel, faltered against the England spinners. Shoaib Bashir picked four wickets while Tom Hartley scalped two. Commenting on India’s batting, Broad asked if out-of-favour Test batter Cheteshwar Pujara‘s international career is over. He suggested that India could have included the veteran in the team as it would have provided them “some consistency” in the absence of star batter Virat Kohli.

“With the experience & world class talent of Kohli missing, would there have been temptation to bring back Pujara into this India batting line up? Or is his international career over? Feels like he could have brought some consistency and an anchor,” wrote Broad on X, formerly Twitter.

It is worth noting that that Virat Kohli is unavailable for the entire five-match Test series as he is spending some family time. Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with a baby boy on February 15 this year.

Talking about the game, England spinners Bashir and Hartley dominated proceedings on the second day of the fourth Test but Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 73 and an unbroken 42-run partnership between Dhruv Jurel (30) and Kuldeep Yadav (17) helped India stage a partial comeback.

India were 219 for 7 at the close of play on second day with the runs coming in 73 overs.

Jurel and Kuldeep were unbeaten on the crease and patiently negotiated England’s attack.

Earlier in the day, England were bowled out for 353 with Joe Root unbeaten on 122. The visitors still have a lead of 134 runs.

(With ANI Inputs)


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