KanpurAjinkya Rahane needs just one fine innings to get back in form, India coach Rahul Dravid said in thrilling first Test, while still taking any decision to replace Shreyas Iyer in the next Test in Mumbai. It will be hasty.
His statement can also be interpreted that in the Mumbai Test, he may be included in the last eleven and the blame may fall on Cheteshwar Pujara as captain Virat Kohli will be present in the team.
Indian team captain Rahane must be still thinking about the outcome of the match after the first Test in Kanpur was drawn. His team was just one wicket away from victory. On one hand Rahane will be discussing the pitch, strategy and players of the team. On the other hand, the Indian coach was being asked about Rahane’s form.
Rahane averaged 24.39
Rahane has averaged 24.39 in the last 16 Tests, including his century in the Boxing Day Test. In the Kanpur Test, he scored 35 runs in the first innings and 4 runs in the second innings. His entire career average is now less than 40 and his average in India is 35.73.
Dravid was asked if he was worried about Rahane’s lack of runs. Dravid said, “I am not worried about that. Also don’t worry, of course you want Ajinkya to score as many runs as possible. He is a quality player. He has done well for India in the past. He is someone who has the urge to score runs. He has the experience. Hopefully it’s just a matter of one innings, one match, where he can get through this rough phase.”
Rahane’s lack of runs with the bat became a more serious issue when full-time captain Virat Kohli decided to rest in this Test and his replacement Shreyas Iyer became the first Indian to score a century and half-century on Test debut. became a player.
Dravid was asked whether Iyer would be retained in the team for the next Test. Dravid said, “We have not decided the playing XI for the next Test in Mumbai. It is too early to talk about it now. We are only thinking about this Test as of now. When we reach Mumbai, there will be We will look at the conditions and the pitch. We will keep an eye on the fitness of the players. Virat Kohli will also join us so he will be consulted. Then we will decide who will be in the playing XI.”
Apart from Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara’s form has also not been great in recent times, who last scored a century in January 2019.
If any batsman is most likely to get out, it is Cheteshwar Pujara. Since the 2018-19 tour of Australia, Pujara has not scored a century with the bat and averages 28.61. In Australia and England, he played a number of important innings but could not find his rhythm completely. Due to this, his strike rate during this period has been only 36.1. In the Kanpur Test, he scored 26 and 22 runs respectively.
It has been two years since even Kohli scored a century. Now it will be interesting to see what kind of selection process Kohli and Dravid will go with the team.