rahane pujara bad form: ajinkya rahane aur cheteshwar pujara ki mushkilen badi: Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara face problems
Failing once again is running out of time for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane and this time they could not do well in home conditions against an attack that was not as dangerous as Australia and England.
Both Pujara and Rahane could not capitalize on a good start in the opening Test against New Zealand here while debutant Shreyas Iyer hit half-centuries.
Both were dismissed early against an attack that did not include the talented Trent Boult whose ‘banana inswing’ on the humidity of the morning makes it difficult for the batsmen to play.
Iyer’s stellar debut in the Test match and Gill scoring runs as an opener will certainly ring alarm bells for the captain (Rahane) and vice-captain (Pujara) in this Test match.
The Indian team for the South Africa series will also be announced in a few days and if these two experienced players are selected to travel to Johannesburg, then captain Virat Kohli, head coach Rahul Dravid and white ball captain Rohit Sharma (Joe Lal Ball is an important part of cricket’s think tank) will have to show a lot of confidence to deliver him the entire series.
Gill was being considered for a middle-order batsman before KL Rahul got injured and wanted to look at this option in the long run. But he played as an opener but Gill’s best first-class score overseas is 204 for the A team in West Indies batting at number five.
He is young and will be ready to play any role the team wants. And Iyer has also passed his first exam with a good score.
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