IND vs SA 2021-22: “Even Virat Kohli has similar numbers”

Former left-hander Ashish Nehra has protested that the removal of the appearance duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane for the ultimate test against South Africa wouldn’t make much sense. According to Nehra, it would be better to give both of them a chance to play the whole game Test series and then call them, if needed.

After another defeat by Pujara and Rahane on Day 1 of the Johannesburg Test, Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar stated that both were ‘probably just the next round to save their Exam careers’.

Nehra, however, disagrees and points out that even the recent numbers of Test captain Virat Kohli are similar to Rahane and Pujara. Have a sympathetic view of the less-than-enthusiastic Indian duo, aforementioned Nehra Cricbuzz Chatter:

“Even Virat Kohli has similar numbers but people don’t question his place in the team. Obviously, he’s the captain and what Kohli has done is on a whole different level than the two smashers we’re talking about. It’s unfair to compare, but Rahane and Pujara were also second to none at their prime, especially the latter. ”

The 42-year-old stressed that nothing can change much in one or two tests. He thinks it’s better to bring the experienced duo with him until the end of the South African series. Nehra further explained:

“If you supported a player like Rahane in the first Test, you better continue with him for the rest of the series. Apparently, Rahane was the one who was sidelined (officially due to injury) when Kohli returned for the second test against New Zealand, even though he did lead the team in the first.”

The former cricketer continued:

“Agreed, both Pujara and Rahane were in big trouble at the end of the year. But changing players in the middle of an important series is a big decision. If you cast Rahane before Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari, I feel he should be played in the entire series. Nothing can change much in one or two Tests. Their batting has been an issue for a while, so why not give them a few more games? When you are winning, you can give the player a longer run. The decision can be made after the series. ”

While Pujara was sent off 3 off 33 on Monday, Rahane was back at the hut after a first ball game.


What Gavaskar said about Rahane and Pujara

Speaking on air after the cheap dismissals of Pujara and Rahane, Gavaskar suggested another setback could bring the curtain down on their Trials careers. He commented:

“After those two eliminations, one could say they may have only the next plays, both Pujara and Rahane, to save their Test career.”

The great shot added more about Rahane and Pujara’s woes with the willow:

“There have been questions raised about their place in the team and now with these two sackings they have one half left. If there is another inning and the way India is going, it looks like it will be another inning for them to score and possibly keep their place in the team. ”

Check polish average as of early July 202118.00 – Ajinkya Rahane20.33 – Jasearch Bumrah * 22.50 – Umesh Yadav #SAvIND

Rahane and Pujara were also overwhelmed in the First Test. While Rahane won 48 and 20 in Centurion, Pujara registered 0 and 16 points.


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