Twitteratis slams Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane for continuing Poor form in Johannesburg

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Twitteratis slams Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane for continuing Poor form in Johannesburg

India’s middle-order struggle continues as veteran Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane once again failed to score big in the first innings of the second test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

India got off to a good start after KL Rahul won the toss & opted to bat first. KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal batted well during the first hour putting on 36 runs before Marco Jansen got the better of Mayank behind the edge. KL Rahul continued his scoring by stitching a 13 run stand with Pujara before the hosts turned the momentum completely in their favor.

Duanne Olivier who wasn’t fully fit for the first test proved his capability to the team management when he scalped Pujara & Rahane’s wicket off consecutive deliveries to leave India reeling. Olivier got his delivery to bounce a little extra taking the edge off the shoulder of Pujara’s bat to go straight to Temba Bavuma at the point.

Ajinkya Rahane then hung his bat out to a short delivery outside the off-stump and Keegan Petersen took a comfortable catch in the slips cordon to hand Olivier his 50th Test scalp. Though Rahul and Hanuma Vihari took India to 53/3 at Lunch on Day 1, South Africa will be the happier team after the first session.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane faced the heat after the Wanderers flop show

Cheteshwar Pujara’s 3 (33) & Rahane’s golden duck came when Indian required their two most experienced batters to step up & deliver with Virat Kohli already being ruled out of the secodn test due to upper back spasms on the morning of the match. Virat Kohli has been replaced by Hanuma Vihari for the second test.

Their selection in the squad raised eyebrows as they have come under scrutiny due to their poor run forms for a long time. Though Rahane was able to score 48 runs in the first innings in Centurion but failed to score today when the team needed them the most.

There are an array of reactions on social media after both the batsmen fell off consecutive deliveries with many calling for them to be dropped. Here are the best ones:

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