Virat Kohli: Both the senior batsmen in the Indian team are in poor form. New batsman Shreyas Iyer has already strengthened his position by scoring a century and a half in the first Test.
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India Vs New Zealand 2021: In the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, Team India seems to be in a strong position and heading for victory. India needed 9 wickets on the final day of the match while New Zealand needed 280 runs. Naturally, Team India had the upper hand. The Indian camp is happy with it. Meanwhile, Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has a problem ahead of him. Who should be played and who should be left out in the second Test match to be played in Mumbai. From the first day of the Kanpur Test, commentators and Indian cricket fans kept asking a question. It seemed more prominent in the fourth day game. Which player will replace Virat Kohli in the Mumbai Test? In general this question should not be greatly disturbed. But, it has now become a major headache for the Indian team management. The reason for this is the form of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
With the absence of batsmen like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the Kanpur Test, two senior batsmen in the team, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara need to show more responsibility in scoring runs. But, that did not happen. Throughout the year, however, these two bats have remained silent. Pujara lost his wicket after a good start in both the innings and Rahane, who was doing worse than him, was dismissed for just 4 in the second innings. Shreyas Iyer, who made his debut at the same time as him, also scored a century in the first innings and a half-century in the second innings.
Pujara-Rahane era is over ..
Team batting coach Vikram Rathore also admitted that Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were struggling with form. However they are hopeful that they will come back. After the game ended on the fourth day, Rathod said, “Obviously cooperation from the top order is needed. But Pujara and Rahane failed to deliver. Both have experience of playing many Tests. Will definitely come into the form. ‘
“It simply came to our notice then that we were both in a bad situation. However, it should be remembered that they have played important innings for India in the past. We are confident that they will return to form and play important innings for us. ‘ Rahane has scored only 19 runs this year. Pujara averages 30. In a situation like this the team would be a bit of an egg to them. He said their game could not be blamed on numbers alone.
Who is missing out for Kohli?
Captain Kohli, who has taken rest since the first Test, will return to the team for the Mumbai Test. This made it a challenge for the Indian team to vacate a batsman position in the Playing XI. However, the coach did not give a clear answer to this question. Rathod said, “The captain is coming back. That will be in the next match. We will decide on it when we reach Mumbai. We are currently focusing on this match. With one day left, the match must be won first. We will talk about it when we reach Mumbai, ”he said.
This year Team India has done well. However, most of the runs came from the batsmen of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin in the lower order. Captain Kohli is also not in good form. In such a scenario, Kohli also wants to end this year in a better way.
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