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Cheteshwar Pujara's 'slow' 50 Becomes Top Twitter Trend, Indian Fans Miss Rahul Dravid

Indian team fans were left divided on social media after Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara scored the slowest half-century of his career.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has been a vital cog for the Indian cricket team in the longer format for several years now. With his sound technical prowess and his ability to bat with composure under pressure, situations have made him an inseparable part of the line-up. However, the player's painfully slow scoring rate has often come under the radar, and he has often been criticized for the same. In spite of scoring a crucial half-century in the ongoing India vs Australia 3rd Test, the batsman was targeted by a certain section of fans for 'slow' innings. 

India vs Australia Test: Fans miss Rahul Dravid after Cheteshwar Pujara hits his slowest fifty 

After the Australian team posted an impressive total of 338 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it was imperative for the Indian batsmen to come up with a spirited batting performance. The new opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill showcased a great amount of courage as they counterattacked the fierce Australian bowling attack with great flair and confidence. However, the manner in which Cheteshwar Pujara paced his innings, surprised a number of fans. 

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The Saurashtra batsman is known to blunt the opposition's bowling attack with his patience and has also earned the tag of the modern-day 'Wall" after Rahul Dravid's retirement. However, the 32-year-old's approach during India's first innings of the India vs Australia 3rd Test was questioned by a lot of fans on social media. Many were also of the opinion that Pujara's slow batting accounted for the stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari's dismissals. They also argued that while Dravid too possessed a low strike rate in Tests and played numerous amount of deliveries, he was India's 'consummate' stroke makers who looked to score runs even off very good deliveries.

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Cheteshwar Pujara reached his half-century in 174 balls. making it his slowest of his career. Notably, Pujara's previous slowest fifty came against South Africa at Johannesburg in 173 deliveries. His promising innings was ultimately cut short by Pat Cummins. Star fast bowler Pat Cummins was also the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he gave his side four crucial breakthroughs. . The player was the joint-highest scorer for the Indian side along with Shubman Gill, as the team was ultimately bundled out for 244.

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India vs Australia 3rd Test: India vs Australia live streaming in India

Fans in India can tune into the Sony Pictures Sports Network (SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 3 and SONY SIX) at 5:00 AM (IST) on Sunday, January 10 for Day 4 for the live telecast of the India vs Australia 3rd Test. The India vs Australia live streaming will also be made available on the SonyLIV app. To follow the live scores of the game, one can keep tabs on the social media accounts of the BCCI and Cricket Australia.

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