Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has revealed the real reason behind senior batters Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara getting backed by the Indian management despite their poor form.
Former India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane who was recently replaced by Rohit Sharma as a permanent vice-captain in the Test team had performed terribly for the Indian team in 2021. He averaged only 20.82 in 23 innings still he was not dropped from the playing XI.
Similarly, senior batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara was also criticised for his inconsistent performance with the bat for an extended period. He averaged 28.08 in 26 innings in 2021.
With the continuous failure of Pujara and Rahane, many cricket experts suggested the inclusion of Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI.
The Indian Team Has Backed Cheteshwar Pujara And Ajinkya Rahane Because Of Their Experience – Sunil Gavaskar
Meanwhile, both Pujara and Rahane played good innings for the Indian team in the second innings of the second match of the three-match Test series against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg. Pujara and Rahane scored 53 & 58 runs respectively. However, still, India lost the match by 7 wickets and now the series is levelled at 1-1 with the last match taking from January 11-15, at the Newlands, Cape Town.
Speaking in the post-match show, Gavaskar said that Indian management has backed Pujara and Rahane because of their experience and the things they have done for the team in past.
“Look, the Indian team has backed them [Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane] because of their experience, because of what they have done for India in the past.
“As long as senior players are playing, playing well, not getting out badly, if they are getting out on good delivery that’s not the matter but if they are not getting out badly, then I think they should stick to them (combination),” he elaborated.
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