IND vs AUS: Pujara acknowledges captain’s signal to hit aggressively

With Nathan Lyon of Australia demolishing the formidable Indian batting line-up on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts, it was up to Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara to save the day with his batting vigil in the third Border-Gavaskar Trophy match at Indore.

On a turning track in Indore where even batting legends Rohit and Virat Kohli struggled to get going, Pujara displayed valour and grit to put up a fight for the hosts at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. While watching Pujara from the Indian dressing room, Team India captain Rohit had apparently tried to communicate with the Indian batters in the middle via Ishan Kishan.


What happened in the next over gave Rohit and company plenty to smile about. Pujara smacked a six off an on-song Lyon in the 55th over of India’s innings, as if heeding Rohit’s advice to up the ante in the low-scoring contest at Indore. Pujara drove Lyon into the second tier, causing the Indian captain to smile broadly. Finally, it took a spectacular catch from Smith to dismiss Pujara.