Pujara scored a duck and 19 in the two innings © AFP
Pujara scored 0 and 19 in the two innings © AFP

Cheteshwar Pujara continued to falter. He was run out — again — this time for 19, in the fourth innings of third Test between India and South Africa at Centurion. Pujara had got his life’s first golden duck in the first innings, being run out by debutant Lungi Ngiri attempting for a tricky single. Pujara has had a torrid time in South Africa so far, scoring a total of 49 runs in the 4 innings he batted, averaging 12.25. India were reduced to 49 for 4 after Pujara’s wicket, and lost Parthiv Patel shortly thereafter.

Pujara is the 25th player in the history of the game to have been run out in both innings of a Test. This is the first instance of this happening in 17 years, since Stephen Fleming in 1999-00. This is also the first occurrence of this sort on South African soil and the third against South Africa. Pujara also became the third No. 3 batsman to do this. John Trim (West Indies) is the only cricketer to have scored a pair in the Test. Trim and Pujara are two of the five batsmen to have scored at least one duck.

An annoyed Michael Holding was compelled to remark on air: “Pujara is not the quickest between the wickets. In fact, that’s being kind. He’s ultra slow.”