IND vs SA: Twitter Bemoans As Cheteshwar Pujara And Ajinkya Rahane's Poor Form Continues
IND vs SA: Twitter Bemoans As Cheteshwar Pujara And Ajinkya Rahane's Poor Form Continues

Indian batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane endured dismal failures in the first innings of the Johannesburg Test as India sank in the first session on Day 1.

After another decent start from the openers, Pujara walked in on a spicy pitch with high bounce and seam movement. He played a typically slow inning where he was on the defensive right from the start, barely showing any intent.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

The South African bowlers seized the opportunity and dried up the runs completely from both ends. Eventually, Pujara succumbed to a delivery he could have left, as he ended up offering a dolly of a catch to gully off returning bowler, Duanne Olivier.

After showing glimpses of his old self in the first innings of the Centurion Test, Rahane got out for a first-ball duck, following in Pujara’s footsteps. To an innocuous delivery, Rahane went feeling for it outside off stump and ended up paying the price.

Ajinkya Rahane, India
Ajinkya Rahane (Credit: Twitter)

He managed a thick outside edge that went to the right of the third slip where Keegan Petersen took a good catch diving to his right. It was the first instance in Rahane’s career where he was dismissed for a golden duck.

With players like Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer showing great potential, it might well be time to look past the two senior pros in the team. Their run of form has been overshadowed by how good the Indian lower order has become. However, Twitter believes it’s time to see the duo head back to domestic cricket.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to failures for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane:

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