Cheteshwar Pujara was hit by Neil Wagner on the second day of the WTC final in Southampton. How deadly the ball was, it can be gauged from the fact that the helmet guard broke and shattered.
On the second day of the ICC World Test Championship title match between India and New Zealand, there were two such occasions when players survived injuries. First young opener Shubman Gill was hit by Kyle Jamieson, then a speedy bouncer from Neil Wagner hit Cheteshwar Pujara’s helmet. The good thing is that in both these cases, the Indian players did not suffer any serious injuries.
Immediately the physio reached the ground and examined Pujara. After changing the helmet, the match started. However, Pujara disappointed the fans and he was dismissed after scoring just 8 runs. His wicket was taken by Trent Boult.
Earlier in the 17th over of the innings, the fifth ball of Kyle Jamieson hit Shubman Gill on the helmet. The ball hit his helmet before Gill could fully grasp the extra bounce. It is noteworthy that the final of the ICC World Test Championship is being played between India and New Zealand in Southampton. On the second day of the match, the Indian team is batting first after losing the toss.