Cheteshwar Pujara trolled: Fans on Twitter have brutally trolled the Indian batsman for his decision to not walk after being wrongly given not-out.
It seems as if India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is unlikely to find respite any soon after his decision to not walk against Karnataka in the second semi-final of the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy costed them the match.
The 31-year old cricketer has been severely criticized for standing his ground as umpire Saiyed Khalid ruled the decision in his favour. The fact that the act happened twice in the match (once in both innings) made the fans boil with anger.
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the second innings, Pujara walked in to bat with shouts of ‘Cheater Cheater’ in the background. Known for his resolute, grit and unperturbed focus, Pujara didn’t let all of it affect his batting.
Instead, he scored his 49th First-class hundred, propelling his team to chase a 279-run target after Saurashtra were reduced to 23-3 in the sixth over. Coming on the back of multiple rescue acts for India down under, Pujara put on display another one with Saurashtra middle-order batsman Sheldon Jackson.
The duo put together a match-winning 214-run stand for the fourth wicket, bringing the team within winning distance. While Jackson (100) got bowled by Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar after scoring his 16th First-class century, Pujara scored ended up scoring 131* (266) with the help of 17 fours as Saurashtra won the match by 5 wickets.
A day after the match got over, Pujara uploaded a photo with his wife on his official Twitter account. In which was unexpected, Pujara received a lot of flak for him not walking on the post.
Walking for a batsman in such a situation is a personal decision, it being moral or not is something which will always remain in the grey area. Fans mocking Pujara speaks highly about the fickle-mindedness of people for it were the same fans who were wax lyrical about the same Pujara when he was declared ‘Man of the Series’ in Australia earlier this month.
Cheteshwar Pujara trolled for refusing to walk
Happy evenings, with a little bit of sunshine! pic.twitter.com/diTwdKnExr
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) January 28, 2019
Like gambir had given his man of the match to kohli once, now is the time for cheateshwar pujara to share his man of the match to umpires
— Sharanayya Guthedar (@SGuthedar) January 28, 2019
Sir….one simple rule is if there is something wrong happening and you have control to correct it but you didn’t, then you’re also a culprit. Here pujara being international player should set the stds instead he didn’t walk 2times in a single knckout match,very bad sportsmanship
— Sharanayya Guthedar (@SGuthedar) January 29, 2019
Thanks to cheateshwar pujara’s spectacular batting.
I terribly feeling guilty for seeing him as Dravid. pic.twitter.com/H0oWHegZRh
— 🇮🇳 Anurag Nishad 🇮🇳 (@AnuragN61265128) January 28, 2019
Not walking off won’t make him less great? Not once but twice! Winning is one thing and winning in the right spirit is other!
— J Gowda (@JGowda19) January 28, 2019
Bad sports man spirit by the Mr.Cheateshwar no no that’s Mr. Dependable Pujara🤗we are expecting good cricket by the test legend 👍🙏😔 but Hurting so much for the Karnataka team and fans also☝🏼☝️☝🏼
— S.Mahesh (@SMahesh29048355) January 28, 2019
YOU SHOULD HAVE WALKED OFF.
— desiAuthor 🇮🇳 (@DesiAuthor) January 28, 2019
— @im_Ravi 🇮🇳 (@ravibandekar3) January 28, 2019
Kudos to this record holder who played 4 innings in a single Match. #CheateshwarPujara 🤙🤘
— Anand Ravi (@anandravi99) January 28, 2019
Yu might have won the game fa your team but definitely lost some of the respect yu had earned from the fans. No more an honest cricketer PERIOD
— Sagar Govindraju (@premsagar2408) January 28, 2019
If an Aussie had done this people who are in support of Pujara would have bashed him lik anything. Worst cricket. Not in the right spirit of game.
— Santhosh kumar (@Santhos66039857) January 28, 2019
How can u call it a win when it’s unfair! If he was fair enough then outcomes may have been different!
— vineeth (@vineeth57390598) January 28, 2019
Don’t forget to share your MOM price money with on field umpires.. 😂
— Harish (@kobri7) January 28, 2019
Happy winning, with a lot of cheating!
— Indian Political Cricketer (@IndCricFan) January 28, 2019
It’s unfair that you didn’t share your Man of the match with umpires Mr cheat man
— D K GIRISH GOWDA (@DKGOWDA_GIRISH) January 29, 2019
Mr, Cheateshwar !! Due to his bad sportsmanship 🙏👎😕
— Shashi kumar (@Shashi_Balkur) January 29, 2019
If I would have in your place, i would have walked out and made India, Saurasta and my family proud. Not only one time, two times. Definitely your family is not happy about you…
— CoorgManu (@amCoorgManu) January 29, 2019
Cheater , now onwards we will never compare u with Legendary Rahul Dravid
— Siddharth hulmani (@Siddharthhulman) January 28, 2019