India lost their openers KL Rahul (0) and Murali Vijay (8) in quick succession in the third and final Test against South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Following the fall of the first wicket, Cheteshwar Pujara walked in at No. 3. Pujara has not had the best of series by his standards and in a bid to rectify that decided to spend some time at the crease. As a result, he took 54 balls to score his first run, which means, he did not score a single run in the first 53 deliveries he faced.
However, two other players – Stuart Broad and Rajesh Chauhan – got off the mark after playing out 62 and 56 deliveries respectively, taking Pujara to third in the list. Current India coach Ravi Shastri achieved something similar, incidentally at the same venue in 1992-93. Shastri did not score a single run for 68 continuous deliveries. It is unclear as to what point in the innings Shastri faced those many balls before scoring a run.
Fortunately for Pujara and India, skipper Virat Kohli seems to be in good form at the other end and has kept the scoreboard ticking while Pujara holds up one end. India have already lost the series, but will look to win this match and walk away with some pride. The positive news for them is that they have not lost a single Test at The Wanderers Stadium.
Both teams have rung in changes in their XI. India have included Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. South Africa on the other hand have brought in Andile Phehlukwayo in place of Keshav Maharaj.