During the fourth day of the first Test of ongoing South Africa’s tour of India in Visakhapatnam, India opening batsman Rohit Sharma was heard abusing non-striker Cheteshwar Pujara on the stump mic.
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It all happened on the second delivery of the 26th over when Sharma guided a Dane Piedt delivery towards cover point. Having expressed interest in running a single, Sharma had to run back to his crease after Pujara refused the same.
“Puji [Cheteshwar Pujara], bhaag behanc**d,” Sharma was heard on the stump mic. Sharma’s words came more as frustration of India not scoring at a brisk run rate in a situation when they were required to do so.
Pujara, who came in to bat at No. 3 in the ninth over, took his usual time to get his eye in. After the over in which the aforementioned incident happened, Pujara had scored 8* (61). While there was nothing wrong in his innings, the situation demanded him to bat quickly to give India a better chance of winning the match.
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Call it whatever you want to, but A.Pujara was soon seen to be among the boundaries starting with hitting Piedt for two fours in his next over. In the next two overs bowled by South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj, Pujara hit him for four overs before eventually hitting Piedt for a six over deep mid-wicket.
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