India’s former Test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane after scoring a half-century in the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, looked quite in a lot of trouble in the third Test as he couldn’t register a good score against his name and got out for just one run.
While his poor show continues to pressurize the lower-order batting, Sanjay Manjrekar said that Rahane needs to go back into first-class cricket to bring back his lost touch. He analyzed the dismissal as good delivery and the batter’s awful form.
Pujara more in trouble than Rahane in Manjrekar’s opinion
In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar revealed,
He needs to go back and play first-class cricket and hopefully get his mojo back. I would not give Rahane another innings. Pujara has a stronger case in my book.
Adding further, he said,
Nothing about Rahane in the last 3-4 years gives me hope that he is coming back into form. There have been glimmers when he got a hundred in Melbourne. But, apart from that, nothing much.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 112 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, paving the way for India’s win against Australia last year.
But since then, he is looking completely out of form and hasn’t played any knocks of repute. He also gave the worst performance in the WTC final and the subsequent series against England.
Last year, Rahane could only make 547 runs in 15 Test matches at an average of 20.25. Although he did manage to get three half-centuries and a best score of 67, he has been dismissed 11 times on single-digit scores that is putting a lot of pressure on the lower-order of the Indian batting line-up in Test cricket.
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