After getting India all-out on 78 runs in the first inning of 3rd test match of the series, England took the lead of 354 runs by scoring 432 runs in their first inning.
Team India again fell into trouble when they lost their opener, KL Rahul on just 34 runs.
Pujara, who had failed to play a big inning for a long time, came to bat and glued himself to the pitch. He kept the scoreboard going on with outstanding strokes playing.
Speaking to the Sony Sports network on the post-match show, Ashish Nehra said: The way Pujara batted today, I’ve never seen him do anything like that before. He had a positive mindset and his gameplay was completely different. I hope he wasn’t under any kind of pressure related to his performance. I believe it was his thought process that I’d play this way today.
In the second inning of 3rd test match, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 91 runs off 189 balls. He smashed 15 classic fours to reach this individual score. Before leaving, Pujara had useful partnerships with Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli.
This right-handed batsman often receives criticism for his low Strike rate. People say he plays too slow. But Ashish Nehra has advised Pujara not to give attention to such comments.
“Pujara has played around 90 Test matches for Team India and scored 6000 runs. He achieved huge success with this batting style. So he has to ignore criticism. If he continues playing with the mindset he played today, then we will see a completely different Pujara in upcoming games.” Nehra added.
“It’s a possibility that India can bat for the entire fourth day, take a 100-150 lead, and put the pressure back on England. The way the pitch has behaved this far, winning isn’t easy but you need to cross those little milestones to stay there,” Nehra said further.