WTC Final: Never expected that shot from Cheteshwar Pujara, says Ravi Shastri

Posted By: Shweta Khandal

Posted On: June 11, 2023

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Former India head coach Ravi Shastri expressed his surprise at Cheteshwar Pujara’s attempt to play an unusual shot during the World Test Championship Final against Pat Cummins. Pujara tried a ramp shot over the keeper’s head but didn’t time it well, resulting in a catch by wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

Shastri commented during an interview on Star Sports, saying, “I never expected that shot from Pujara. It’s a risky shot, and now he’s back in the pavilion. It wasn’t due to scoreboard pressure but rather poor shot selection. Both Rohit and Pujara must be regretting the shots they played.”

Shastri emphasized the importance of “weathering the storm in the first session” on the final day for the chances of Rohit Sharma’s team to win the WTC Final. At the end of the fourth day’s play, India was at 164 for 3, needing another 280 runs in 90 overs to achieve the target of 444. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were at the crease, batting on 44 and 20 respectively.

“The key tomorrow will be to handle the difficult phase in the first session. That’s where the challenge lies,” Shastri stated, highlighting the potential challenges on the pitch.

Shastri also criticized Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara for their dismissals in the final session. Opener Shubman Gill, who fell for 18, faced controversy due to a disputed catch by Cameroon Green, and Shastri considered him unlucky.

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