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England cannot get Pujara out...

Last updated on: November 23, 2012 21:57 IST

England cannot get Pujara out...

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It was Pujara

The real master 

Just like a wall

We couldn't out Pujara at all

Not at all

You know England couldn't out Pujara at all.

These lyrics would be apt for England's bowlers, who have been left frustrated and clueless by Cheteshwar Pujara's brilliant batting.

Trinidad Calypso singer Lord Relator (Willard Harris) originally wrote the song in Sunil Gavaskar's honour after his brilliant showing with the bat in the West Indies in 1971. 

And going by how Pujara is batting against England, it won't be long before someone from England comes up with a remix version to celebrate the youngster's magnificent batting in the ongoing four-match Test series.




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Pujara has scored 361 runs without being dismissed

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Pujara, 24, has been a big thorn in England's flesh in the series, having scored 361 runs without being dismissed in three innings. 

He has played 719 deliveries so far, which amounts to nearly 120 overs in total out of the 265.3 overs India have played in sum since Ahmedabad.

The right-hander, who has come through the grind in domestic cricket, has spent a 925 minutes out in the middle, leaving the English bowlers perplexed.

He is now being spoken about as the rightful heir to Rahul Dravid's throne at No. 3 in the Indian team.




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'Pujara can be out leg before wicket'

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Off-spinner R Ashwin, who has played a lot of cricket against Pujara since their young days, has given the English bowlers some hope by letting out a secret.

Asked how a bowler could get the wicket of Pujara, he replied: "LBW [leg before wicket]."

"I have got him out quite a few times, but we have played together right from 16-17-years-old. We have been at the National Cricket Academy and we know each other for a long time now," he added.





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Pujara has made a name for himself in Test cricket

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Pujara's record in first class cricket is staggering -- 5201 runs in 69 matches, at an average of 56.53, and 16 centuries.

Already, he has made a name for himself in Test cricket, scoring three centuries in seven Tests.

Ashwin paid tribute to Pujara's outstanding recent run in Test cricket, saying the right-hander believes in playing big knocks once he gets his eye in.

"He has a got a great temperament and he is in great form. He is someone who will keep on grinding the runs. Even in domestic cricket he doesn't get small hundreds; he gets big hundreds and, definitely, that is one of the biggest positives of Pujara," said Ashwin.



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'I think it was a brilliant knock'

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He went on to add that he was helped greatly by Pujara's composed temperament during their partnership in the post-tea session on Day 1.

The duo was involved in an unbroken stand of 97 runs which put India on top after the regular loss of wickets earlier in the day.

"I think it was a brilliant knock. The amount of time he trusted his defence and kept on defending the ball was brilliant. He eased the nerves as I went in to bat. He was just defending it beautifully and I thought it was a very well-paced knock. If he hadn't got the hundred, it would have been a shame," said Ashwin.

The legendary Bishen Singh Bedi was also lavish in praise of Pujara.

"Pujara very special, splendid, stunning talent -- needn't live in any shadow - very much master of own creation - thoroughbred through & through!!," he posted on Twitter.

While India will look towards Pujara to continue his run-spree on Day 2, England will surely think hard and long how to end this magical run.




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