India's Cheteshwar Pujara has poor start to Yorkshire stint

Sudhir Gupta 20/04/2018
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Pujara was dismissed for 9 runs in the first innings.

It wasn’t the best of starts to Cheteshwar Pujara’s life with Yorkshire in the English County Division One Championship.

The India man was dismissed for just two runs in his maiden innings for Yorkshire in their clash with Nottinghamshire at Headingley in Leeds.

After Nottinghamshire elected to field first, Yorkshire lost their opener Alex Lees fairly cheaply with Jake Ball claiming the wicket to bring Pujara to the crease.

The right-handed batsman’s stay at the crease lasted just 15 balls as he became the first of four batsmen to be dismissed by pacer Luke Fletcher. Pujara was trapped plumb on the pads by the Englishman.

Yorkshire were bowled out for just 256 runs in their first innings before three quick wickets by Jack Brooks reduced Nottinghamshire to 54-4 by the time stumps were called on the first day.

Incidentally, Pujara had turned out for Nottinghamshire last year where he had helped the side earn promotion to the top division.

Pujara is one of three Indian players currently plying their trade in the English first-class competition. Ishant Sharma at Sussex and Varun Aaron at Leicestershire are the other two compatriots currently playing in England.

With India set to tour England in the summer, skipper Virat Kohli is expected to sign for a County outfit too upon the completion of the IPL while Ravichandran Ashwin remains in discussions for a stint as well.

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With the Indian Premier League (IPL) frenzy in full swing, it seems the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has caught the bug too.

The ‘Master Blaster’, who is the ‘icon’ of the Mumbai Indians franchise, can be seen playing cricket on the streets of Mumbai in a video shared by his close friend and former India and Mumbai team-mate Vinod Kambli.

“Master Blaster good to see you enjoying like old times,” Kambli wrote on Twitter as he shared the video.

In the video, Tendulkar can be seen wielding the bat even as heavy traffic continues to flow in the adjacent street. If there was ever any doubt on whether the cricketing demigod still possesses that immaculate timing, the video dispels them comprehensively.

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‘Gully’ or street cricket, is hugely popular all over the Indian subcontinent with youngsters and adults alike participating in the activity which is usually played with a tennis ball.

Tendulkar’s IPL outfit Mumbai Indians could sure use a helping hand from the batting maestro right now given their poor start to the 2018 edition. The defending champions have lost all three of their matches in the competition so far and are firmly rooted to the bottom of the eight-team table at the moment.

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