Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Credits: BCCI

Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised Cheteshwar Pujara for his good batting performance in the 2nd innings of India vs England 3rd Test at Headingley in Leeds. The Indian skipper said that team was very pleased with Pujara’s batting and they don’t care about the outside noise about his form.

Cheteshwar Pujara smacked 91 runs in the 2nd innings of India vs England 3rd Test. The right-handed batsman lost his wicket for just 1 run in the 1st innings but made a spectacular comeback with his fabulous batting in the 2nd innings. He also managed a 99-run partnership with Virat Kohli for 3rd wicket and an 82-run stand with Rohit Sharma for 2nd wicket.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image: Twitter)

We Are Very Pleased With How Cheteshwar Pujara Batted: Virat Kohli

While speaking to the press after the match, Virat Kohli asserted that it is just a matter of time Cheteshwar Pujara will find his rhythm again.

“We are very pleased with how Cheteshwar batted in this innings. Outside noise? We don’t know what’s going on and we don’t care. It’s none of our business. We know he was playing well and it’s just a matter of time when he starts to find his rhythm again,” the 32-year-old said.

England totally outplayed India in the 3rd Test, winning the game by an innings and 76 runs. However, Virat Kohli pointed out that India dominated the first two games against the hosts.

“This game has been kind of an aberration in how we have gone in this series. In the first two games, we put ourselves in positions, I mean we won one game and we had the opportunity to win the first one as well,” the right-handed batsman further said.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. Credits: BCCI

Excluding his 91-run knock at Headingley, Cheteshwar Pujara has largely struggled to smash a big knock in the series. His other scores in the series so far read 4,12*, 9, 45, and 1. With 162 runs in 6 innings, Pujara owns an average of 32.40 in the series so far.

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, India vs England 2021 Headingley
England vs India, 2021, Headingley. (Photo: Twitter)

With England’s victory in Leeds, the 5-match Test series is tied at 1-1. India earlier defeated England by 151 runs in the 2nd Test at Lord’s, while the 1st Test ended in a draw. England and India will now battle against each other in the 4th Test. The match will commence on September 2 at Kennington Oval in London.

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