Cheteshwar Pujara injury: The senior Indian batsman did not take the pitch on day two of the second test today.
During the first day of the second test of England’s ongoing India tour in Chennai yesterday, Indian drummer Cheteshwar Pujara was shot in the right hand but continued his innings after receiving medical treatment.
It all happened on the third delivery of the sixth when a delivery from Olly Stone came back to Pujara to strike his right hand. Although the batsman on the right did well in surviving the delivery, he couldn’t stop it from slapping his hand.
Pujara, who had received multiple blows to the body in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy final test, looked unfazed after being shot at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Injury to Cheteshwar Pujara
In what appears to be more of a precautionary measure, India has decided to put Pujara to rest on the second day of the test match. As a result, the 33-year-old did not take the field after India was regrouped in the opening innings.
“Cheteshwar Pujara was hit in the right hand as he punched on day 1 of the second @Paytm Test against England at Chepauk. He felt pain later. He won’t be on the pitch today,BCCI tweeted to share an update on Pujara.
It should be noted that reserve opener Mayank Agarwal replaces Pujara on the pitch.
Cheteshwar Pujara was hit in the right hand as he punched on day 1 of the second @Paytm Test against England at Chepauk. He felt pain later. He won’t be on the pitch today. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/k0KkFOiHVC
– BCCI (@BCCI) February 14, 2021
In pursuit of the 329/10 total of the first round of India, England have already lost up to three wickets including that of captain Joe Root (6). Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, India’s top three bowlers today, have chosen one wicket each so far.
Previously, it was Indian wicket batsman Rishabh Pant (58 *) who scored his sixth half-century test this morning as the Indian Tails were embroiled in a batting meltdown. With bowling numbers of 29-3-128-4, versatile Englishman Moeen Ali was their bowlers’ choice in the opening innings.