India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara’s horrendous form in England continued as he was dismissed for a second consecutive ducky by South African pace ace Dale Steyn.
Pujara has endured a miserable time in the County Championships for Yorkshire, scoring just 100 runs in previous eight innings in the four-day format before hitting three fifties and a century in the One-Day Cup. After a low-key Test against Afghanistan, Pujara returned to England to endure more misery.
He was dismissed for a duck by returning pacer Steyn in the One-Day Cup, caught at slip.
Then on Wednesday, Pujara was clean bowled for a duck by the same bowler in Yorkshire’s county match against Hampshire.
It was earlier rumoured that the 31-year old had failed to clear the fitness test on his first attempt and Ajinkya Rahane was kept on stand-by for the upcoming away series.
Rohit shared an Instagram post on Wednesday – where he was seen posing with shoes in his hands.
Although subsequently, he lashed out on Twitter at media reports that had said that it was his second attempt at the much-hyped fitness test.
The dashing right-hander wrote – “Verification before reporting is always a good idea” in his tweet.
Earlier, Ambati Rayudu had failed to pass the same Yo-Yo test following which left-handed batsman Suresh Raina was named as a replacement for the England tour.
Dear… it’s no ones business how & where I spend my time.I’m entitled to have time off as long as I follow protocol.Let’s debate some real news shall we😊 & to a few channels,I had just 1 chance to clear my yo-yo that was today.Verification before reporting is always a good idea
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 20, 2018
The India opening batsman is reported to have retaken the test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Wednesday and is said to have passed it this time according to IndiaTV.
The BCCI has mandated clearing the Yo-Yo test as a minimum requirement for selection to the Indian team with various players failing to clear that hurdle over the past few months.
Rohit was initially supposed to take the test on June 15 but the Mumbai batsman decided to skip it before taking it two days later on June 17. It was reported that the opener had failed to pass the test after not being able to clear the minimum threshold of 16.1.
He is said to have asked the BCCI for another chance to take the test and was granted a chance on Tuesday. However, the India star failed to turn up at the NCA for his test and it was subsequently deferred to Wednesday.
India are slated to depart for Dublin, Ireland on June 23 from Delhi where they will take on the hosts in two T20Is. The team will then leave Dublin for English shores for an extensive tour where they will play three ODIs and as many T20Is before finishing with a five-match Test series.