India Vs New Zealand Cheteshwar Pujara, Rahane
India Vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Flap in New Zealand .. Flap in the home series against England .. Same series on English soil .. Failing with Ajinkya Rahane batting has become a constant. In the Kanpur Test too, Ajinkya Rahane has been unable to consolidate her position by consecutive flops. He got off to a good start but joined the pavilion at 35 in the game. Criticisms are coming that Ajinkya Rahane’s retirement from cricket is imminent as he has failed once again. This time Australia, like England, are said to have failed to excel at home against the onslaught of non-dangerous bowlers. Not only Rahane but also Pujara has found a difficult place in Team India.
Both Pujara and Rahane failed to get off to a good start in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. Debutants Shreyas Iyer and Shubhman Gill started with half-centuries. The two were out early against the talented Trent Boult attack. Unable to play ‘Banana Inswing’, he joined the pavilion. Iyer making his Test debut and Gill’s run as the opener will no doubt sound the alarm bells for the captain (Rahane) and vice-captain (Pujara) in this Test match.
Will Rahane-Pujara get a place in the South Africa tour?
The Indian squad for the South Africa series will also be announced in a few days. If these two experienced players are selected for Johannesburg, captain Virat Kohli and head Rahul Dravid will have to show full confidence. Looking at their form now, it seems that it is difficult for them to find a place.
Shreyas Iyer came into Test playing XI and impressed in his first match. If KL Rahul had not been injured, Shubhman Gill would have appeared in the middle order in Kanpur. Shubhman Gill could be given a chance at the midfielder in South Africa. An example of this is Gill’s outstanding first-class score on foreign soil. He batted fifth in the West Indies and scored 204 runs. Iyer gave a lot of confidence with his debut innings. If he scores a century in Kanpur, he will be selected by the selectors for the South Africa tour. If everything is ready for the South Africa tour it remains to be seen who will be sidelined.
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