Cheteshwar Pujara made a strong stand with skipper Virat Kohli on the third day of the Trent Bridge test. After 29 overs in the morning session, India scored 70 runs increasing the lead to 362 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara consumed 20 balls on the third day but could not let England pick a wicket. He was dropped by Buttler at 40 and earlier he slammed Adil Rashid by two boundaries to make 22 off 18 balls. He added 32 runs and finally fell to Ben Stokes. Pujara had a tough time in the test format since summer. He had a poor record since the warm-up match against Essex and did poorly in the second test.
Kohli improved a lot from 2014 to 2018. He had a poor record of 134 runs from 6 innings in 2014 and now he stood as the only test batsman to score 400 runs from two tests against England. At Edgbaston, he scored 149 and 51 and then in the second test he suffered a stiff back and slammed 31 and 17 runs. In the third test, he slammed 97 runs in the first innings and then he made 106 runs to register this rare record. In the first innings he fell to Adil Rashid and by pace magic of Hardik Pandya, he managed to make this impressive performance.
Joe Root’s decision of inviting the Indians to bat first seemed erroneous in the third test. In the previous two tests, the result of the toss played a decisive role in deciding the result of the game. Anderson’s luck tested him a lot to pick the wicket of Kohli all the day and Kohli thrashed him without giving him a space to breathe. Kohli slammed 692 runs from four tests against Australia in 2014, 286 from three tests in South Africa earlier this year against the Safaris and then this is his best ever performance in tests, 400 from three tests against England.