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Cheteshwar Pujara becomes first Indian to be dismissed run-out in both innings of a Test

Cheteshwar Pujara's run out was the 25th instance in Test cricket where a player has been run out twice in a Test match.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: January 17, 2018 3:43 pm
Cheteshwar Pujara, Pujara run out, india national cricket team, south africa national cricket team, india vs south africa, cricket, indian express Cheteshwar Pujara dives unsuccessfully to avoid a run out during the test match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park. (Source: AP)

Cheteshwar Pujara added an unwanted record to his name after becoming the first Indian player to be dismissed run-out in both innings of a Test match. Pujara’s forgettable outing at Centurion turned into a nightmare when he was run out for the second time during the second Test at SuperSport Park. The last player to be dismissed run out in each innings of a Test was Stephen Fleming against Zimbabwe in Wellington in 2000. It is the 25th instance in Test cricket where a player has been run out twice in a Test and the third time for someone batting at no.3 in both innings. Hansie Cronje, Marvan Atapattu, Adam Parore, Ian Healy, Mark Taylor are some of the other names featuring on this list.

The incident took place in in the 27th over when Parthiv Patel dabbed one down towards the third-man region and called for a quick two. However, with the ball racing towards the boundary both the batsman decided for a third. But it was Lungi Ngidi with his long legs who was scampering after the ball and the six-foot-plus-lad did pull it back with a dive. AB de Villiers, who was giving him company during the chase, fired a quick return-throw to keeper Quinton de Kock. Pujara, who is not the swiftest between the wickets fell short by a few centimeters as de Kock whipped the bails off in a flash.

Ravi Shastri was massively disappointed by Pujara’s effort.

A visibly flustered Ravi Shastri had a bewildered look on his face while skipper Virat Kohli was left aghast, shaking his head in disappointment. Earlier, in the first innings, Pujara was run-out by the Ngidi after trying to get off the mark. During that instance, he was slow to get off the blocks and once again had to dive in but fell short.

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  1. Raj Bhatia
    Jan 18, 2018 at 12:00 am
    Dear Media: WTF??? Pujara's second run out was a result of a microsecond difference in the surprise collection and accurate release by Devilliers post a misfield by Ngidi. I blame Parthiv Patel for pushing for the third run. Virat's comments are not offensive or hostile but a genuine attempt to answer silly questions after the fact by a group of people who don't play or even fully understand the game. Pandaya's shot selection while could have been better but someone had to break the shackles and play aggressively. Stop messing with the boys and instead support their efforts. had Morkel and Devilliers not taken two stunning catches, the game could have had a different ending perhaps. Get over yourself Media.
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    1. Anup Chakravorty
      Jan 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm
      Playing for the Indian National team, one must be absolutely 100 fit and must display a lot of enthu. The crores that these guys make, the stardom that they enjoy, with a background of thousands of keen players ready to take his place, we expect much more than the "casualness" that is visible in the Indian players in SA, in both batting as well as in fielding ! ...... mark me , these same very guys would have a dramatically different body language in the upcoming 'juicy apple' (IPL) event ! One should also look at the juniors, at the U-19 event, and realise that these senior 'stars' deliver sooner than later, or go ! Lastly, Rahane and Jadeja being victimised , probably because of the perrennial BCCI politics .....also should be looked into.
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      1. Sb Nalam
        Jan 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm
        May be, he should ask for a runner as a special case !!!!!
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