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‘Great intent in that golden duck’: Pujara’s Kohli-inspired run-out has Twitter taking pot shots

Pujara committed harakiri as he was run-out trying to pinch a quick single off the first delivery he faced.

Cheteshwar Pujara on Sunday came into bat after opening batsman KL Rahul perished after a decent start. India were on 28 then and were slowly setting base as they looked to surpass South Africa’s total 335 on Day 2 of the second Test in Centurion.

Coming in to bat at No 3, Pujara was essential if the team hoped to dig deep and bat long. Unfortunately, the Saurashtra batsman uncharacteristically looked to pinch a quick single off the first delivery he faced.

As luck would have it, the call was ill-advised as the ball reached the mid-on fielder quickly who duly threw it at the non-striker’s end and found the stumps. Pujara was run-out first ball and wasn’t even in the frame when the bails were dislodged.

Twitter was aghast by the turn of events, but it wasn’t Pujara who faced all the heat, instead it was skipper Virat Kohli and his obsession with intent that came for considerable damnation.

Here’s a look at how the word “intent” became a major talking point:

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