India vs Sri Lanka: Cheteshwar Pujara Scores Gritty Half-Century, Twitter Hails Him As 'Mr. Dependable'

Updated: 18 November 2017 12:20 IST

Cheteshwar Pujara's gritty half-century bailed India out of a precarious position and helped them post 172 in their 1st innings at the Eden Gardens.

India vs Sri Lanka: Cheteshwar Pujara Scores Gritty Half-Century, Twitter Hails Him As 'Mr. Dependable'
Cheteshwar Pujara acknowledges the crowd after reaching his 16th Test half-century. © AFP

Cheteshwar Pujara showed his class in testing conditions at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to notch up his 16th half-century. Pujara stood like a rock between a complete batting collapse against Sri Lanka and his knock gave respectability to India's first innings score. The right-hander's gritty 52 helped India reach 172 all out and, though, it might not be the most imposing of totals but it is still a fighting score on a pitch conducive for fast bowling. Rahul Dravid might be have been 'Mr. Dependable' for India previously but after his innings in Kolkata, fans on Twitter hailed Pujara as the new 'Mr. Dependable'.

Pujara got a standing ovation from the Indian dressing room.

Following Pujara's knock, Twitterati were all praise for 29-year-old with some even calling him the best batsman in the world.

Coming into bat after KL Rahul had been dismissed on the first ball of the match, Pujara scored a patient 52 off 117 balls in a knock that had 10 fours in it.

He patiently waited for loose balls as the visitors got maximum purchase from the Eden's green top, brilliantly aided by the overcast conditions. Following Pujara's dismissal, some lusty blows from Ravindra Jadeja (22) and Mohammed Shami (24), the hosts managed to score 172.

Topics : India Sri Lanka Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18 Cricket
Highlights
  • Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant half-century for India
  • India were bowled out for 172 in their 1st innings
  • Twitter hailed Pujara after his 52-run knock
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