Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne has been dealing with warmth of the followers on account of his latest on-air feedback about Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara was among the many top-scorers of India on the primary day of the pink-ball Take a look at.
Displaying grit and resilience whereas staying on the crease for over 150 deliveries, the Saurashtra batsman scored 43 runs and steadied India’s innings after the early departure of each the openers — Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. Pujara ended up scoring 43 off 160 deliveries whereas stitching a 68-run stand with skipper Virat Kohli. India managed to submit 244/10 within the first innings with Kohli being the top-scorer (74).
When Pujara was on the crease, Warne, who was within the commentary field, was slammed for ‘informal racism’ in the direction of the Indian batsman.
On air with Fox Cricket in the course of the first session of the Take a look at, Warne referred to the nickname given to Pujara when he was taking part in county cricket with Yorkshire. As Pujara’s first identify wasn’t among the many best names to pronounce, teammates used to name him ‘Steve’, recalled Warne whereas commentating.
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A few years in the past, Pujara himself had admitted of being known as ‘Steve’ by his Yorkshire teammates. “Nicely I would favor Cheteshwar, but it surely’s tough to pronounce so the blokes have give you Steve,” Pujara is quoted as saying by cricket.com.au in 2018.
Particularly within the context of what is occurring in Yorkshire cricket, when that nickname takes on a distinct hue.
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Pujara being known as ‘Steve’ was criticized by many followers when former Yorkshire captain Azeem Rafiq had filed a authorized criticism towards the group for “institutional racism”. Two former Yorkshire workers had additionally supplied proof towards the membership, mentioning Pujara being known as with a generic identify throughout his stint in county cricket.
“They known as each individual of color ‘Steve’. Even (India batsman) Cheteshwar Pujara, who joined as an abroad skilled, was known as Steve as a result of they may not pronounce his identify.”
Warne, later within the day, additionally took a dig at Pujara when the right-hander stopped the play to regulate the sightscreen. “Look how extensive the sightscreen is. Come on, that (cowl) can’t be placing him off. Are you for actual? That may’t be it! That’s not severe,” commentated Warne.