Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara created a unique but unwanted record on Wednesday as he opened his account against a potent South African bowling attack after having faced a half century of dot balls. After a horrific outing in the 2nd test at Centurion in which he was run out in both the innings, Pujara showed great temperament ever since he came in to bat, leaving balls alone outside the off stump and defending balls well bowled in line with of the stumps.
The lines bowled by the South African bowlers were so tight that they denied the Indian batsmen of any scoring opportunities. After having been in the firing line for 53 balls at a stretch, Pujara finally ran one to get off the mark on the 54th ball he faced to save himself from the unwanted record of facing the most number of balls before getting off the mark, a record currently held by Stuart Broad, who had taken 61 deliveries to open his account against New Zealand. The record for the most number of balls taken to get off the mark by an Indian is held by former India spinner Rajesh Chauhan, who took 57 deliveries to open his account against Sri Lanka in 1994.
As soon as Pujara edged the ball for a single, the entire dressing room lit up and everybody had a good laugh about it. The first run certainly meant a lot to the batsman too as he had put in a lot of concentration and patience to deserve the run and he winked towards the dressing room, giving everyone a thumbs up.
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