New Delhi. Cheteshwar Pujara initially left Rohit Sharma behind for a good part of his partnership. This is a fact that Rohit did not notice. The Indian opener, who first scored his 8th century in Test cricket and abroad. On the third day of the fourth Test between India and England at the Oval, Rohit Sharma decided to take up the issue. In a video uploaded by the BCCI after Saturday’s game, Rohit and Pujara were seen discussing their partnership, their style of play, Rohit’s century and much more, but what stood out was that Rohit pulled Puja’s leg with a strike rate.
In the video, Cheteshwar Pujara says, “I am really happy that we have shared the 100-run partnership. I hope there will be more partnerships like this in the future. I hope you will score many more centuries.” Mentioning, “Puji (Pujara) is very happy for you too. Someone told me that you had 35 off 50 balls. The number three Indian player played some high shots before he crossed his half century, which is very rare in Test cricket.
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Pujara said, “It was a good start, thank you (Rohit Sharma and KA Rahul), the ball was old and I could play my shots. It was a little easier to bat in that session.” . Rohit said that the roles have been reversed and he is happy to be patient. Waiting for a loose delivery and trying to stay in the middle as much as possible.
Oval diary of Rohit and Pujara
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Rohit Sharma said, “The roles have actually been reversed. Usually I like to play a few shots and when you take the time the scoreboard moves faster, but now the roles are reversed. I’m happy to be in the middle and play more balls. Before this tour it was the biggest challenge for me that I could play as much ball as possible. As long as you spend time in it, runs and boundaries will come. “
The strike rate of Cheteshwar Pujara has been under discussion for a long time. The right-handed batsman is known for taking time out in the middle, but on Saturday he appeared in a different style. He showed his intentions from the start and played a high pool shot to Maine Ali early in his innings. Pujara scored 1 before Oli Robinson got out on a good delivery in the second new ball. Pujara and Rohit put on an important partnership of 153 for the second wicket.
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Pujara said, “Were you thinking of a century before this Test match?” Rohit Sharma, who scored 127, said, “No … Honestly, I was not thinking about all these things because they are not important to me. Running is always important, but focus on the first foreign century and other records. No. I just want to play my own character. I’m opening for the first time in England. It was a very important game for me and I’m glad I was able to do it. “
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