Former Indian player Sanjay Manjrekar believes the vice-captain of the team, Ajinkya Rahane, has eaten up all his chances and may not get a game from here on. He thinks that Rahane might be at the end of the road and the possibility of him playing another game is very unlikely.
Rahane has been in a slump for a while now, occasionally playing match-winning knocks like the one in Melbourne against Australia in December 2020. For a batsman with the amount of experience Rahane has, inconsistency is a major point of concern.
“If he [Rahane] gets another game, he is a very lucky batter. I wish a lot of the other batters in the past were living in this era. He has got a very long rope. If he gets another game, that’s great for him,” Sanjay Manjrekar stated.
“It’s not like when you give him more opportunities, he is starting to look better. The most worrying thing is that he gets an innings which you think will trigger him back into form but that never happens. So, he will be very lucky if he gets one,” Manjrekar said on Sony Sports.
“You have an obligation to the guys waiting in the wings” – Sanjay Manjrekar
The team management needs to make a stern decision and move on from Rahane as per Manjrekar. India isn’t in dearth of options – Hanuma Vihari and Suryakumar Yadav are the frontrunners. There’s also the option of playing Mayank Agarwal in the middle-order role now that his close friend KL Rahul has locked in the opening slot.
“You have an obligation to the guys waiting in the wings. That’s how you look at Indian cricket. If I wasn’t dropped, people like (Rahul) Dravid and all those guys would not have come in.”
“Hanuma Vihari first and maybe Suryakumar Yadav. Very often you are surprised by players who are out in the reserves because you haven’t seen them and Ajinkya Rahane is not exuding confidence,” Manjrekar concluded.
In the four matches played in the series so far, Rahane has one half-century which he scored at Lord’s. His tally is a disappointing 109 runs in seven innings and has added to India’s woes with the bat.