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Cheteshwar Pujara had received high acclaim for his resolute batting in India's first-ever Test series win in Australia in December 2018. However, the 31-year-old Test specialist disappointed some cricket fans on Monday after he escaped a few dismissals during the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka in Bengaluru. Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 131 to help Saurashtra beat Karnataka by five wickets to set up a summit clash against Vidarbha, to be played from February 3. But while walking off the ground at the tea break, Pujara was called "cheater" by a group of spectators.

 

After getting a lifeline in the first innings, Pujara edged one behind in the second innings too when he was on 34. The umpire adjudged him not out. Fast bowler R Vinay Kumar, who had started celebrating the wicket, walked up to the umpire for a small discussion. While the umpire was determined on his decision, Pujara's character was highly criticised by the fans.

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15 minutes ago, vayuu1 said:

Pathetic from fans, this guy has won India series in Australia and some chewts have the audacity to taunt him. 

 

11 minutes ago, zen said:

Sore losers I guess .... Gujarat team is divided into 3 teams - Saurashtra, Baroda and Gujarat, still they do extremely well in Ranjis :dance:

 

8 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

Fans are losers as always, but Pujara too should have walked. Poor stuff all around. 

 How are fans losers here? Batsmen cheat like this all the time but that doesn't mean it's in the spirit of the game. Secondly this is not India vs other country match. So why should Pujara winning matches for India be considered for small incidents in domestics. Neither Pujara nor fans are wrong here. Let's move on. Trivial incident tbh.

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6 minutes ago, Pollack said:

 

 

 How are fans losers here? Batsmen cheat like this all the time but that doesn't mean it's in the spirit of the game. Secondly this is not India vs other country match. So why should Pujara winning matches for India be considered for small incidents in domestics. Neither Pujara nor fans are wrong here. Let's move on. Trivial incident tbh.

Because they will celebrate if he is given out when not out .... not call on their team for appealing wrongly  .... and when the batsman of their own team is given not out when out (read here that Agarwal did not walk too) ....  batsman gets both good and bad decisions, so they will leave it to umpires for things to hopefully even out

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When I was younger I used to think among the south states Keralites and Tamilians have a strong language feeling where as Andhra and Karnataka were kind of the forgotten states.

 

However there must have been some Taliban kind of a ethnic/ language based movement in Karnataka recently as I see Kannadigas have become very radical. They have superseded every other language based group in India in terms of this. 

 

Examples- we set up a Ganesh pandal in my apartments in Hyderabad. Our aparatment hires a priest  during this time.

 

There is this Kannada aunty who ensures that she hires only a Kannada priest if she is in charge of organizing the festival that year.Not that anyone cares but she found a Kannada speaking priest in Hyderabad, kudos to her rashtra Bhakti :hatsoff:

 

Similarly back in the day most of my Kannada friends used to watch Telugu movies. These days they refuse to watch anything other than “Kannada” Movies :hmmmm2:

 

I heard Karnataka even banned regional movies.

 

They are forming cliques in offices which is the birthright of Telugu caste groups,Gujjus  and Tamilians. What is going on?

 

Now they are booing Indian hero Pujara.

 

Is Karnataka being Talibanized :nervous:

 

Maybe deserves its own thread @coffee_rules @diga @Lannister @Kannadiga @jalebi_bhai

@philcric

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22 minutes ago, zen said:

Because they will celebrate if he is given out when not out .... not call on their team for appealing wrongly  .... and when the batsman of their own team is given not out when out (read here that Agarwal did not walk too) ....  batsman gets both good and bad decisions, so they will leave it to umpires for things to hopefully even out

Players appeal all the time because it's not possible for them to be sure. However if a batsman nick's one more often than not he knows it. The two are not comparable. In any case, players are not at all fault here. Neither are fans. No one is loser here.

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4 minutes ago, sandeep said:

Why?  Who does that?  Nobody walks off on bad decisions anywhere.

I do. People do. Pujara would have walked where technology was present. He took advantage of technology not being present. As simple as that. If snico and all were there, he would have walked in a hurry. He just took advantage of the situation. 

 

 

 

 

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Just now, sandeep said:

Maharathi, I would humbly suggest that your level of cricket is not quite comparable to Ranji or other FC for that matter.

Yes, tune aage ki line pe focus nahi kara. He took advantage of drs not there. Id there was drs, he would have walked out of shame. Since, drs wasn’t there, he decided to stay. Thats the point. 

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10 minutes ago, Pollack said:

Players appeal all the time because it's not possible for them to be sure. However if a batsman nick's one more often than not he knows it. The two are not comparable. In any case, players are not at all fault here. Neither are fans. No one is loser here.

In any sports arena, it is not acceptable to be shouting such things at players (and when it is the umpires that make the call) .... and because they did it to a player of other team, it comes across as a case of sore losers 

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Well, he could have walked.

Again, he was well within his rights to stand there, no doubt. But then again he ought a have walked.

 

People may not like it here. But even this is a subtle form of cheating. It's the ugly truth. Same like Stuart Broad in ashes and michael clarke edging and standing to kumble.

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6 minutes ago, Stan AF said:

Well, he could have walked.

Again, he was well within his rights to stand there, no doubt. But then again he ought a have walked.

 

People may not like it here. But even this is a subtle form of cheating. It's the ugly truth. Same like Stuart Broad in ashes and michael clarke edging and standing to kumble.

There are times you are given out.. when you are not. It will ecen out

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2 minutes ago, vvvslaxman said:

Sod off fans. Batsman can stand his ground.

So, we chose to call him Cheateshwar, fair enough. It was a crucial wicket. He had done that even in the first innings. Serial offender.  You reap what you sow, when a umpire gives his wicket when he was not out, I will not call him unlucky. I will call it bad karma.

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Just now, coffee_rules said:

So, we chose to call him Cheateshwar, fair enough. It was a crucial wicket. He had done that even in the first innings. Serial offender.  You reap what you sow, when a umpire gives his wicket when he was not out, I will not call him unlucky. I will call it bad karma.

:fear1:

 

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34 minutes ago, maniac said:

When I was younger I used to think among the south states Keralites and Tamilians have a strong language feeling where as Andhra and Karnataka were kind of the forgotten states.

 

However there must have been some Taliban kind of a ethnic/ language based movement in Karnataka recently as I see Kannadigas have become very radical. They have superseded every other language based group in India in terms of this. 

 

Examples- we set up a Ganesh pandal in my apartments in Hyderabad. Our aparatment hires a priest  during this time.

 

There is this Kannada aunty who ensures that she hires only a Kannada priest if she is in charge of organizing the festival that year.Not that anyone cares but she found a Kannada speaking priest in Hyderabad, kudos to her rashtra Bhakti :hatsoff:

 

Similarly back in the day most of my Kannada friends used to watch Telugu movies. These days they refuse to watch anything other than “Kannada” Movies :hmmmm2:

 

I heard Karnataka even banned regional movies.

 

They are forming cliques in offices which is the birthright of Telugu caste groups,Gujjus  and Tamilians. What is going on?

 

Now they are booing Indian hero Pujara.

 

Is Karnataka being Talibanized :nervous:

 

Maybe deserves its own thread @coffee_rules @diga @Lannister @Kannadiga @jalebi_bhai

@philcric

We have even booed Gavaskar when he did bat left handed to deny Kar an outright victory, Sachin was booed by Mumabi fans in 2006. Why is Cheateshwar any better? Is he a Holy Cow? He did it twice, he took advantage of not having DRS, this victory is tainted. I will support Wasim Jaffer in the the final, will do a homa for Sau to fail in the final. I have always favored him in the Indian team and will continue to do, he is my fav player in the Indian team. But, regional rivalry when it comes to that, nobody gives in. 

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6 minutes ago, coffee_rules said:

So, we chose to call him Cheateshwar, fair enough. It was a crucial wicket. He had done that even in the first innings. Serial offender.  You reap what you sow, when a umpire gives his wicket when he was not out, I will not call him unlucky. I will call it bad karma.

bad karma was when he was struggling even in county now this is good karma .

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Bowlers appeal when batsman have not edged and get away with a wicket. Sometimes it is going to be compensated by luck as well in a big career. Hence, I do not find it wrong that batsman take the advantage when they get one as they do take wrong appeals in their stride. Bowlers don't call batsmen back when umpires succumb to pressure or make error in judgement.

 

As for crowd, they were supporting Karnataka. If this match was played in Gujarat and Karnataka player had got benefit, Gujarat supporters too would have behaved like this. Booing happens in every country. No set of fans can claim to be saints here.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, coffee_rules said:

We have even booed Gavaskar when he did bat left handed to deny Kar an outright victory, Sachin was booed by Mumabi fans in 2006. Why is Cheateshwar any better? Is he a Holy Cow? He did it twice, he took advantage of not having DRS, this victory is tainted. I will support Wasim Jaffer in the the final, will do a homa for Sau to fail in the final. I have always favored him in the Indian team and will continue to do, he is my fav player in the Indian team. But, regional rivalry when it comes to that, nobody gives in. 

Boo MSD next time in Bangalore and I will join the Kannada pride movement. Deal? :five:

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15 minutes ago, coffee_rules said:

So, we chose to call him Cheateshwar, fair enough. It was a crucial wicket. He had done that even in the first innings. Serial offender.  You reap what you sow, when a umpire gives his wicket when he was not out, I will not call him unlucky. I will call it bad karma.

He did it twice? 

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15 minutes ago, coffee_rules said:

So, we chose to call him Cheateshwar, fair enough. It was a crucial wicket. He had done that even in the first innings. Serial offender.  You reap what you sow, when a umpire gives his wicket when he was not out, I will not call him unlucky. I will call it bad karma.

Has every Karnataka batsman walked when not given out on a nick?  

 

whingealuru city, must be that "bad karma' why RCB can't win IPL in spite of having ABDV, Virat, Gayle etc and that too in their primes.

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34 minutes ago, maniac said:

When I was younger I used to think among the south states Keralites and Tamilians have a strong language feeling where as Andhra and Karnataka were kind of the forgotten states.

 

However there must have been some Taliban kind of a ethnic/ language based movement in Karnataka recently as I see Kannadigas have become very radical. They have superseded every other language based group in India in terms of this. 

 

Examples- we set up a Ganesh pandal in my apartments in Hyderabad. Our aparatment hires a priest  during this time.

 

There is this Kannada aunty who ensures that she hires only a Kannada priest if she is in charge of organizing the festival that year.Not that anyone cares but she found a Kannada speaking priest in Hyderabad, kudos to her rashtra Bhakti :hatsoff:

 

Similarly back in the day most of my Kannada friends used to watch Telugu movies. These days they refuse to watch anything other than “Kannada” Movies :hmmmm2:

 

I heard Karnataka even banned regional movies.

 

They are forming cliques in offices which is the birthright of Telugu caste groups,Gujjus  and Tamilians. What is going on?

 

Now they are booing Indian hero Pujara.

 

Is Karnataka being Talibanized :nervous:

 

Maybe deserves its own thread @coffee_rules @diga @Lannister @Kannadiga @jalebi_bhai

@philcric

Regarding the language issue, it's just a bunch of politically motivated clowns in Bengaluru. Heard of some silly incidents from my uncle where there was vandalism for playing Tamil songs during Ganesh chaturthi and this was 20+ years back. Karnataka is linguistically very diverse so all this only flies in certain pockets. For example, the second capital of Karnataka is Belgaum and there is a very sizable Marathi speaking population there, so all this Kannadiga ultras non-sense won't fly there.  

 

Regarding the Pujara incident, it's just plain frustration, that's it.

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If umpires give wrong decision,batsmen gets out. Fielding teams even if they know batsmen is not out,usually over appeal to pressure umpires to give out.If fans want honesty only from batsmen,they should also want bowlers and fielders to be honest.

Let's say batsmen does walk out.But in dressing room,it comes to notice that it was a no ball.What happens then?Will the fielding team call batsman back?The whole situation will be messy.

In my opinion,batsman have every right to not walk .

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20 minutes ago, coffee_rules said:

So, we chose to call him Cheateshwar, fair enough. It was a crucial wicket. He had done that even in the first innings. Serial offender.  You reap what you sow, when a umpire gives his wicket when he was not out, I will not call him unlucky. I will call it bad karma.

In that case, you can take this as Karnataka being punished for some bad karma :dontknow:

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11 minutes ago, Straight Drive said:

As for crowd, they were supporting Karnataka. If this match was played in Gujarat and Karnataka player had got benefit, Gujarat supporters too would have behaved like this. Booing happens in every country. No set of fans can claim to be saints here.

That is an assumption 

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15 minutes ago, jalebi_bhai said:

Regarding the language issue, it's just a bunch of politically motivated clowns in Bengaluru. Heard of some silly incidents from my uncle where there was vandalism for playing Tamil songs during Ganesh chaturthi and this was 20+ years back. Karnataka is linguistically very diverse so all this only flies in certain pockets. For example, the second capital of Karnataka is Belgaum and there is a very sizable Marathi speaking population there, so all this Kannadiga ultras non-sense won't fly there.  

 

Regarding the Pujara incident, it's just plain frustration, that's it.

Also to be fair, Banglore has seen a massive influx of non-kannada speaking population drawn in by the IT industry, some level of frustration is normal.  See how Bombay went through its share of dealing with "lungi wallas" etc few decades back - that's how the Shiv Sena was born.  Hopefully, with higher education levels and better economic conditions, such reactionary stuff just fades away with bit more time.  

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1 hour ago, vayuu1 said:

Pathetic from fans, this guy has won India series in Australia and some chewts have the audacity to taunt him. 

Kya pathetic. Jaisi karninwaisi bharni.

 

Jab jitwaya toh oraise bhi kiya tha. Abhi chalaki kari toh ek do gaaliya khaani padegi.

 

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21 minutes ago, diehardpacer said:

If umpires give wrong decision,batsmen gets out. Fielding teams even if they know batsmen is not out,usually over appeal to pressure umpires to give out.If fans want honesty only from batsmen,they should also want bowlers and fielders to be honest.

Let's say batsmen does walk out.But in dressing room,it comes to notice that it was a no ball.What happens then?Will the fielding team call batsman back?The whole situation will be messy.

In my opinion,batsman have every right to not walk .

Pointnis that when umpire gets wrong. We call umpire out. Here umpire was wrong and batsman too, so why not call batsman out too.

 

Its fair. No one is hanging Pujara or pushing him of the clip. People hears about this incident and just pointed out that Pujara wasn’t right.

 

 

Thats it, nothing to be defensive about this. Many top players have done this and will continue to do do.

 

But ome shouldn’t come out defendinfnplayer that he is a priest or something.

 

Pujara was wrong, umpire was wronf and Crowd reaction was the worst who lost it.

 

Simple as that. Now no one needs to defend anyone.

 

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7 minutes ago, Straight Drive said:

If you think Gujarat crowd will not boo and cricket fans will behave like  saints as compared to other cricket crowds  in India, then so be it.

do you have examples of crowd shouting cheater to other team players in India? .... I have seen crowd booing their own players though 

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25 minutes ago, Kannadiga said:

What else do you call him if he knew he was out? :dontknow: 

 

And why is he getting embarassed for being called out? lol.. Maybe he shouldn't have done that. 

 

Fans have come to support their state team and they have no obligation to put up with such nonsense. 

For cricketers,  they see it as a bad decision being compensated by a decision in favor. For crowds they see the individual decision given at the venue they are attending . They will consider this as cheating and there is nothing wrong about that opinion as well. Pujara cheated to even up bad decisions he has got previously and was called up by crowd. If this was not a knockout he may have walked , but even that is doubtful. Major match, didn't walk. Crowd called him for cheating. 

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41 minutes ago, sandeep said:

Also to be fair, Banglore has seen a massive influx of non-kannada speaking population drawn in by the IT industry, some level of frustration is normal.  See how Bombay went through its share of dealing with "lungi wallas" etc few decades back - that's how the Shiv Sena was born.  Hopefully, with higher education levels and better economic conditions, such reactionary stuff just fades away with bit more time.  

Bingo. 

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