Seems like Cheteshwar Pujara horrendous run in England has still not gone as the right-handed batsman once again failed in the lone three-day practice game before the much anticipated five-Test series against England which starts on August 1 in Birmingham. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 | We Played With Heart And Desire: Captain Virat Kohli on Losing ODI Series
Pujara, who came into bat after opener Shikhar Dhawan fell for a golden duck, could only score one run before being dismissed by Matt Coles after edging the ball to the wicketkeeper to expose the middle-order of the team against Essex at Chelmsford on Wednesday afternoon. Also Read - Match Highlights: India Beat Australia by 13 Runs in Canberra as the Three-Match ODI Series Ends 2-1
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The right-handed batsman, arguably India’s most dependable number when it comes to Test cricket, spent the last few months in England where he turned up for county side Yorkshire after India’s one-off Test against Afghanistan where he scored 35 in the lone inning India played. However, he failed to come out with an impressive performance as in six county matches, he managed to score only 172 runs at a poor average of 14.33. His highest score was just 41.
The 30-year-old has had his share of issues overseas recently and has failed to impress while playing away from home. He could manage only 100 runs in six outings against South Africa earlier this year.
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However, Pujara did assure himself that he was better than what he was in 2014 tour.
“Playing county cricket is always helpful as it allows you to get used to the conditions. England is the toughest place to bat because you have to get used to the weather, and the seaming conditions. We have played a lot of cricket outside the sub-continent since our last tour of England in 2014 and that experience will also come in handy. We are better prepared this time,” Pujara told Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay showed signs of their imperious forms as they both scored half-centuries in the practice game against Essex.
Kohli scored 68 while Vijay amassed 53 runs before getting dismissed in the second session on Day One of the practice game.
There were reports that Indian team management is not happy with pitch and outfield at the Essex county ground, the venue of their only warm-up game that was curtailed to three days owing to heat wave in England. However, India coach Ravi Shastri in his inimitable style said his team doesn’t make excuses.