Ahmedabad: A big-innings player and a long-innings specialist took India's cause immeasurably forward on the second day of the first Test against England at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. Yuvraj Singh's emotional comeback fell short of ultimate glory when he holed out for 74, but nothing could stop Cheteshwar Pujara from stitching together an eight-hour Test master class to reach an unbeaten 206 that powered India to 521/8 declared on Friday (November 16). In the 18 overs that India sent down, England stuttered to 41 for 3, opening up the distinct possibility of an early finish to the Test.
It wasn't so much the fact that England are still 418 behind with seven wickets in hand at the end of just the second day of the Test that was noteworthy. The sheer deer-in-the-headlights approach to playing spin on a surface that was still slow did not bode well for Alastair Cook's men.