During the third day of the fourth Test of the ongoing India’s tour of England at The Oval. Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara seemed to be in serious trouble after twisting his ankle while batting. While Man in form Rohit Sharma served a severe pain in the knew. Both these incredible batsmen won’t be seen on the field during the fourth innings.
It all happened on the delivery of the 45th over when Pujara nailed a back-foot punch off England fast bowler Craig Overton. Having timed the ball exceedingly well between the point and cover fielder, Pujara was guaranteed to earn a boundary.
Just as the ball was going towards the boundary, C Pujara and non-striker Rohit Sharma were looking for an unnecessary second run. It was right when Pujara was turning for the second run that he harmed his ankle.
A bit of an injury delay as Pujara rolled over his ankle while running.
That's always a painful one, hopefully it isn't too bad though.
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In significant pain from the word go, C Pujara immediately called for medical attention. It took a significant delay between two deliveries as the Indian physio was seen heavily strapping Pujara’s ankle.
Fortunately, Pujara felt okay to continue batting after receiving the medical treatment. Readers must note that the 33-year old player is facing slight discomfort especially while running between the wickets.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the 35th over after opening batsman Lokesh Rahul’s (46) dismissal, Pujara has looked solid as a positive approach has seen score as many as four boundaries. Given the situation of the match, India need both him and Sharma to build a partnership today.
Eventually it was such a remarkable day’s play for India. Led by a fighter warrior Rohit Sharma who aced the waiting game, India have posted a hefty 171-run lead at the end of Day Three. After Rahul’s dismissal, Rohit continued to played the role of turning point. While Pujara shed off his inhibitions to attack the bowlers throughout his innings. Both kept the momentum going. England was absolutely out of it for a good share of the day as Rohit and Pujara broke free through the second session.