Cheteshwar Pujara Could Have Rotated Strike Better: Dale Steyn

South Africa pace legend Dale Steyn believes India batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara could have rotated the strike better during the second day of World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton.

Pujara’s strike-rate has been a constant subject of debate for sometime now and the India No. 3 did his stats no good on Saturday, scoring 8 off 54 balls.

He took 36 balls to get off the mark and was eventually trapped in front of wicket by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult.

“…I’m sure if he (Pujara) looked back and looked at the sample of video analysis, he would find that there are deliveries there where he could have created the opportunity to maybe rotate a little bit more strike,” Steyn said on ESPNCricinfo.

“I saw something come up and it was like 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and then a wicket. I’m sure in all those 50 balls, he could have rotated strike and just gotten that scoring to nudge on a little bit for himself and as well as his team.”

India ended the second day on 146 for 3 with skipper Virat Kohli (44 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (29 not out) at the crease.

The day was marred by multiple stoppages on account of bad light and it was the same reason that resulted in the play coming to an early end. The forecast isn’t promising for today or the upcoming days either.

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