Indian middle-order batter Ajinkya Rahane got sacked from the role of vice-captaincy ahead of the tour of South Africa. His string of poor batting performances in the past year has led to debates regarding whether he still fits into the Test squad or not.
BCCI’s decision of change in vice-captaincy duties might be seen as a warning to the Mumbai-based batter. Rahane known for his fighting batsmanship and exceptional athleticism on the field has been a crucial member of multiple series victories in tours home and abroad.
Rahane, the lone warrior
However, his inconsistency with the bat is a sign of deep concern amidst the ICC WTC campaign. Recently, former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra had a lot to say about the seasoned campaigner,
“KL Rahul has been appointed as India’s Test vice-captain (for the South Africa series as Rohit Sharma is injured. Rahul Dravid is the coach, Rohit is the captain of white-ball formats. I think Rahul may be appointed vice-captain in ODIs also…. Ajinkya Rahane might find it difficult to find a place in the XI. He was captain just a couple of Test matches ago but right now he’s not even the vice-captain. Things are changing in Indian cricket,”
Rahane was replaced with Rohit Sharma as the new deputy of Kohli in the red-ball format. However, owing to a hamstring injury Rohit, unfortunately, will miss the Proteas Tests. BCCI appointed opener KL Rahul to be the vice-captain for the upcoming SA tour.
Rahane who in the absence of Kohli led the side to glory on Australian soil will need to thrive in the next couple of matches to retain his place. With the rise of the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari, Rahane needs to better his performance to make a solid statement.
India will lock horns with the South African team from December 26 at the Supersport Park, Centurion.
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