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India vs South Africa: Ravi Shastri assures Cheteshwar Pujara's improved show in Johannesburg

Coach Ravi Shastri assured that the Saurashtra batsman will perform better in the third Test, starting January 24 in Johannesburg.

Written by: Akash Khanna, New Delhi [ Updated: January 19, 2018 19:12 IST ]
Image Source : PTI Cheteshwar Pujara being run out during the Centurion Test

After becoming the first ever India batsman to lose his wicket via run out in both the innings of a Test match, during the second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion, coach Ravi Shastri assured that the Saurashtra batsman will perform better in the third Test, starting January 24 in Johannesburg.

"Don't laugh like us. Watch my boy henceforth," Shastri wrote on Twitter, along with a picture where he was seen presenting Pujara with a statue of a baby leopard.

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By "henceforth", Shastri sidelined the concern that India's star Test batsman is losing his focus and hinted at his thumping appearance in the forthcoming Test.

In an attempt to steal three runs, Pujara took a suicidal chance with AB de Villiers' throwing arm. Even an impressive dive failed to save the right-hander. With this, a couple of unwanted records in Centurion.

Besides becoming India's first batsman to be dismissed through a run out, the 29-year-old also became the world's first player to be run out twice in a Test in the 21st century.

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