Cheteshwar Pujara disappointed some cricket fans recently after he escaped a few dismissals during the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Saurashtra and Karnataka at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Pujara scored an unbeaten 131 to help Saurashtra beat Karnataka by five wickets to set up a summit clash against Vidarbha, to be played from February 3. But while walking on and off the field, Pujara was called “cheater” by a group of spectators.
Pujara didn’t get due credit for the victory as he was given not out by the on-field umpire after he nicked a ball straight to the wicket-keeper Srinivas Sharath twice.
After getting a lifeline in the first innings, Pujara edged one behind in the second innings too when he was on 34. The umpire adjudged him not out.
Fast bowler Vinay Kumar, who had started celebrating the wicket, walked up to the umpire for a small discussion. While the umpire was determined on his decision, Pujara’s character was highly criticised by the fans.
Here’s the video:
— Mushfiqur Fan (@NaaginDance) January 27, 2019
Crowd booing Pujara as cheater.@cheteshwar1 knowing your value 😏😏 You will be never in our #Karnataka people heart. @cricbuzz @cricketcomau @Fantasy11App @RCBTweets @FoxCricket @MitchJohnson398@ProfDeano pic.twitter.com/wvb4P8OIEU
— Uday Kumar (@Uday__uppi) January 27, 2019