Virat Kohli still looking for first 100 in year 2020 was all set to get it at Adelaide in first innings of  test match India V Australia , the opening test match of Border Gavaskar trophy 2020. He got run out and many so called experts believes that that was the reason of missing yet another test century, century number 28. 

We will show here that Ajinkya Rahane bad calling was not the reason of Virat Kohli missing on 100. It was rather poor running from Chetesthwar Pujara throughout  the day which denied kohli yet another test cricket ton in Adelaide, and not for the first time.

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This was  captain Virat Kohli's second slowest test half century. This is the only test match he is going to play in a test series ( as he is returning home looking forward to welcome his first baby).

So many believe that Ajinkya Rahane denied him 100. That is such a lie and blatant statement that it should be thrown out of window. Mix-ups and runouts are part of game and it happened before too.

But here something interesting happened earlier on in the innings. On a tough scoring day there was a pretty slow partnership between Pujara and Kohli. Pujara struggled across the innings and never looked comfortable, on the other hand Kohli looked class apart and was in control throughout the innings, apart from a miscue top edge on a pull short of Pat Cummins.

Tap and run are feature of batsmenship when you play on bouncy tracks in Australia and South Africa and Virat Kohli and other Indian batsmen have mastered it. But Pujara is horrible in taking singles. He denied almost 35 singles, easy ones by modern standards, to Kohli and that not only allowed bowlers to build up pressure on Pujara himself but also end up denying crucial runs to Virat Kohli and India in the end.

Kohli has suffered because of Pujara's selfish sort of approach before too. Everyone talks about Kohli's first tour to england where he scored 134 runs in 10 innings. There he was batting alongside PUJARA on every occasion almost. There also Cheteshwar Pujara denied him crucial singles which meant he was stuck facing James Anderson (now the highest wicket take in test cricket) at strikers end.

That strategy might have saved Pujara (who himself had a horror outing with bat and no one talks about because may be it doesn't sell too much) from getting out to Anderson, it allowed english bowlers to kept relentless pressure on Virat Kohli throught the crease, stranger to English conditions that time.

There are other batsman too who have suffered because of Cheteshwar Pujara's type of batting. Virat has backed him despite performing only once in an overseas tour (last tour of Australia), but he has created more problems than solutions for team India.

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