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Pitch invader Jarvo comes back again, this time as a batsman


Security escorts pitch invader Jarvo during the third India-England Test match at Headingley, on August 27, 2021. — Twitter
Security escorts pitch invader Jarvo during the third India-England Test match at Headingley, on August 27, 2021. — Twitter
  • Jarvo interrupts ongoing India-England match at Headingley.
  • Jarvo comes dressed as an Indian batsman.
  • Security escorts him out after realising what was going on.

Pitch invader Jarvo on Friday did it again, interrupting an ongoing India-England match, and this time, he was dressed as a batsman of the Men In Blue.

Jarvo came dressed as an Indian batsman during the third Test at Headingley right after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, as he managed to breach security and reach the middle of the pitch.

The security, when they had realised what had happened, started carrying him out of the playing area, but Jarvo again tried to convince them that he is an Indian player.

Last week, Indian players and spectators were bemused when Jarvo entered the pitch on day three of the second Test between India and England at the iconic Lord’s cricket stadium.

“The fan donning a Team India jersey, which had ‘Jarvo’ and ‘69’ emblazoned on it, casually walked out onto the field to join the Indian team after lunch and began ordering field changes,” News 18 reported.

It took the security team some time to realise that the man was actually masquerading as an Indian player. Later, they escorted him out, leaving everyone in splits.

Resurgent Pujara leads India’s resistance 

Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara orchestrated India’s spirited resistance with an unbeaten career-reviving 91 but England remained on course for a series-levelling victory in the third Test at Headingley.

Under pressure to save his place in the side, Pujara added 82 runs with Rohit Sharma and 99 with Virat Kohli to steer India to 215-2 when bad light stopped third day’s play.

India are still 139 runs behind but it was a much-improved performance by the tourists who had wilted for 78 in their first innings to be on the back foot.

Captain Kohli, who has had a subdued series so far, was batting on 45 and would hope to continue the good work when they resume on Saturday.

Having conceded a massive lead of 354, India needed a strong start from their openers but Craig Overton denied them.

KL Rahul was on six when he successfully got an lbw verdict against him overturned but it did not really matter in the end.

Overton dismissed Rahul for eight inducing an edge and Jonny Bairstow dived to his left to pluck a stunning one-handed catch at second slip on the stroke of lunch.

Rohit and Pujara refused to throw in the towel though in the wicketless post-lunch session.

Rohit was content nudging the ball around but occasionally counter-attacked, like when he guided a rising Ollie Robinson delivery over the slip cordon for six.

Pujara came out to bat with his team in dire straits and amid growing whispers about his future, having gone without a fifty in his previous 12 innings.

As if to silence criticism of his modest strike rate, the batsman hit three early boundaries, going at a run-a-ball rate before putting his head down and focusing on the rebuilding job.

Robinson ended the flourishing stand soon after the tea break when he trapped Rohit lbw for 59, a decision the batsman reviewed without success.

Pujara pulled Overton for a boundary to bring up a timely half-century which would release some of the pressure that has been mounting on him.

His urgency to score was best illustrated when Pujara, famed for his conventional batting, arched back to a rising Robinson delivery to play an audacious ramp shot over the slip fielders for a boundary.

Earlier, England lost their last two wickets quickly to be all out for 432 in their robust reply to India’s meagre first innings total. 


— Additional input from Reuters



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