Although India started the third Test against England winning the toss. However other than Toss nothing went in India’s favor. Each and everything went completely opposite and the batting first decision turned out to be a bad decision for India. India’s top-order batting unit collapsed very soon and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara was once again under the scanner and fans on Twitter wanted Hanuma Vihari to replace Pujara.
India’s top order put out the horror show against England in Headingley, Leeds Test. Veteran pacer James Anderson gave the big blow to India in the first over itself dismissing man in red hot from KL Rahul on duck. Soon India’s Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara came to bat and got out on the score of 1. Meanwhile, Once again the bowler was 39-year-old Anderson.
Jimmy Anderson on 🔥!
Gets Pujara to nick an outswinger to Buttler, who makes no mistake once again.
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) August 25, 2021
Things were not over yet as India lost their biggest wicket, which was of captain Virat Kohli (7), the bowler was once again James Anderson. Overall James Anderson single-handedly destroyed India’s top-order batting unit.
Fans on Twitter were very upset after the poor performance of Cheteshwar Pujara. Notably, Pujara hasn’t scored a half-century in his last 12 Test innings. Also in Nottingham Test, he got out on 4 in the first innings and Lord’s Test he got out on the score of 9 in the first innings. Meanwhile in the second innings at Lord’s, he scored good 45 runs.
However with the continuous failure of Pujara eventually at a point in time, India will look for other options like Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari available in the squad.
Here is how Twitterati reacted after Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure
Feeling sad for Vihari and Agarwal not getting place because of Pujara and Kohli. Rahane has shut all our mouth for next 10 matches after scoring 50 last match #ENGvIND
— Divagar (@divagar90) August 25, 2021
— Yash (@thenameisyash26) August 25, 2021
If he plays a match winning innings, then he stays. Otherwise bring Vihari in for the final 2 Tests. https://t.co/aeyd443Suw
— Jai Elhance (@JElhance) August 25, 2021
Mayank or Vihari in next test in place of Pujara for team's sake.
— S. (@Sayanx7_) August 25, 2021
I know Pujara is a great player and did a lot for Indian cricket…but i seriously feel his time has come and India should replace him with Mayank or Vihari soon..💪🏻🇮🇳
PS:- Anderson is a legend 😤😤#INDvENG
— Ripunjay Mansinghka (@Ripunjay_404) August 25, 2021
I would prefer rather see Vihari and some young players at #3 & #5 than Pujara & Rahane because if they get out early atleast we’ll have hope to see them improve later.
These players doesn’t have a future after 2 years anyway.
— Paddy (@padmnaabh_s) August 25, 2021
Been saying for long..Pujara and rahane both are liabilities on current form. Should be dropped front the team. Mayank and Vihari deserve to play more
— Controller (@4mkapra) August 25, 2021
— ప్రణయ్ భాస్కర్ (@Pranaybolla) August 25, 2021
Pujara should be replaced by Vihari on next test match..#INDvENG
— Gàñï (@GaniRoxx20) August 25, 2021
The worst part is how fans justify the retention with on decent innings 😛
They’re forgetting the many other failures! Our middle order is in a real mess. Hanuma Vihari too is unlucky to constantly miss out.
— Siddharth Khandelwal (@siddsk47) August 25, 2021
I want to see hanuma vihari in his place….he deserves it
— Bujji5555 (@pkfan4life) August 25, 2021
Does anyone get these many chances which Pujara and Kohli are getting even after failing since 2019 .
For rest all if you don't score for 2-3 matches you will get replace.
(Rahul, Rohit, Mayank, Vihari)#IndvsEng
— _anmol.sharma (@sharrma_anmol) August 25, 2021