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WTC Final: Pujara could have rotated strike better, says Dale Steyn

Pujara's strike-rate has been a constant subject of debate for sometime now and the India No. 3 did his stats no good on Saturday, scoring 8 off 54 balls.

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New Delhi Published on: June 20, 2021 14:30 IST
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Cheteshwar Pujara is struck in the helmet by Neil Wagner during Day 2 of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Hampshire Bowl on June 19, 2021 in Southampton.

South Africa pace legend Dale Steyn believes India batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara could have rotated the strike better during the second day of World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton.

Pujara's strike-rate has been a constant subject of debate for sometime now and the India No. 3 did his stats no good on Saturday, scoring 8 off 54 balls. He took 36 balls to get off the mark and was eventually trapped in front of wicket by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult.

"...I'm sure if he (Pujara) looked back and looked at the sample of video analysis, he would find that there are deliveries there where he could have created the opportunity to maybe rotate a little bit more strike," Steyn said on ESPNCricinfo.

"I saw something come up and it was like 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and then a wicket. I'm sure in all those 50 balls, he could have rotated strike and just gotten that scoring to nudge on a little bit for himself and as well as his team."

India ended the second day on 146 for 3 with skipper Virat Kohli (44 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (29 not out) at the crease.

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