Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, emphasized on Ajinkya Rahane’s line of low scores in the first test match against England. Rahane’s batting form has changed after his game winning century in MCG Test against Australia in the recently concluded Test Series.
Since Rahane’s stupendous knock of 112 runs at the MCG which helped India to level the series, India’s Vice-Captain had scored a string of low scores such as 27*, 22, 4, 37, 24, including 1 & 0 in the first test against England. “My issue with Rahane the captain is Rahane the batsman. After that 100 in Melbourne his scores are – 27*, 22, 4, 37, 24, 1 & 0. After a 100, class players carry their form & carry the burden of players out of form,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
Ajinkya Rahane lead team India in the last three test matches in the recently concluded Australia tour when Captain Virat Kohli returned home after the first test match on a paternity leave. India won two of the three test matches they played under Rahane’s Captaincy & won the Border-Gavaskar Series 2-1. However, Captain Virat Kohli wasn’t shocked when he was asked about Rahane’s poor form since the MCG Century.
Virat Kohli was questioned about Ajinkya Rahane’s manner of dismissal that how badly Rahane was bowled by James Anderson on Day 5 to which Kohli replied, “Look I got bowled as well. If you are trying to dig something out, you are not going to get it because there is nothing.”
“Ajinkya, I have said this many a times in the past as well (that) along with (Cheteshwar) Pujara, he is our most important Test batsman and he continues to be as we believe in his abilities and he is an impact player.
“If you are talking about MCG Test, he stood up and scored a hundred when the team wanted it the most. You can look at number of innings and what happens from thereon, the reality is we won the series in Australia.”
England successfully beat India by 227 runs in the first test in Chennai on Tuesday & took a lead of 1-0 in the four match Test series.