When life throws you a curve ball, there is hardly anything that you can do about it. Today, Virat Kohli and Pujara learnt it the hard way as they went back to the pavilion after a rain stopped play, only to be called back from the entrance, only to then lose a wicket before play was stopped again.
For all his majesty as a world-class batsman, Virat Kohli is slowly making a name for himself as a bad communicator on the field. And today, in another instance, the Indian skipper was the culprit of Pujara being run-out in his comeback Test.
Today, after rain interrupted the game twice, umpires finally took the early lunch and the game resumed at 18.10 IST and it was always going to be a challenge for the duo of Kohli and Pujara to
The Umpires, Aleem Dar
After letting one ball go through to the keeper outside the off stump, Pujara defended the next one with soft hands with the ball going towards point. The ever-so-agile Indian skipper, thinking it as an easy run, set off immediately. Pujara had to respond, but that was the time when Kohli decided to betray his partner and stop running. Pujara had already crossed the half-way mark and it was a gift served on a platter for the debutant Ollie Pope to make his first significant contribution in the international cricket.
Pujara was run-out, once again. And that was also the moment when Saint John's Wood saw the heaviest downpour of the day as the game stopped once again. Such is the irony of life!