Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal in the third session of the first Test against England pretty much summed up the state of affairs for Team India at Chepauk.
After having lost four wickets for a mere 73 runs, India thanks to a brilliant 119-run-stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were looking like staging a brilliant comeback.
While Pant was like an unrelenting fire ready to burn down the English spinners, Cheteshwar Pujara was like ice, blunting everything that the visitors threw at him.
The Indian No.3 looked at complete ease against the likes of Dom Bess and Jack Leach as he regularly danced down the track to either hit them inside-out or carve them through the vacant region between midwicket and mid-on.
Pujara racked up his third half-century in his last four innings and the manner in which he was batting, he was looking prime to finally convert his 50 into a three-figure score for the first time since Sydney 2019.
But then tragedy struck. Dom Bess bowled a rank half-tracker. Pujara rightly rocked back on the backfoot to pull him over mid-wicket.
However, to his utter shock and dismay, he saw the ball getting ricochet off the short-leg fielder Ollie Pope to land straight into the hands of short midwicket.
Such was the travesty of the events that even Pujara, a cool and calm personality, could not hold back from showing his frustration.
This was Dom Bess’ third scalp. The off-spinner claimed yet another shortly afterward as Rishabh Pant eventually mistimed one straight to the fielder at extra-cover for a whirlwind 91.