Ajinkya Rahane, who captained the side in Kanpur, may miss out from the second Test in Mumbai when regular skipper Virat Kohli returns after Shreyas Iyer’s maiden Test century on debut. Although, that seems unlikely considering India go to South Africa next month and Ajinkya Rahane will carry his reputation as the overseas specialist.
However, what he won’t carry is the form on his side. Since the start of 2020, Ajinkya Rahane averages 24.39 with the bat; in 16 Tests, he has notched up only one century – the historic ton at MCG – and 2 fifties. Also, the right-hander averages 32.73 in 50 Tests since the Indore Test against NZ in 2016 where he made a career-best of 188.
Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket on Day 4 in India second innings – trapped lbw in front by spinner Ajaz Patel – left India at 41/3, with the lead extending till 90, has put the side in a spot of bother from where the Kiwis still remain alive in the game.
Another senior batsman in Cheteshwar Pujara is under scanner as he recorded figures of 26 and 22. He has been having troubles in the channel outside off-stump, exposed on the England tour and by Tim Southee in the first innings at Kanpur.
Pujara averages 27.65 since the start of last year with his last Test century coming in January 2019. It would be interesting to see how the management deals with the two out of form batters heading into the second Test in Mumbai and the South Africa tour.
As for now, Twitter went ballistic over Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara for their disappointing returns for a while.
IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Slams Ajinkya Rahane As The Batter Continues His Flop Show With The Bat:
In a match without Kohli, Rohit and Pant (maybe Rahul too), you would have wanted two seniors – Rahane and Pujara – to put on some big runs. But they have failed to do so. Huge let down.
— TUSHAR 🏏 (@mainlycricket) November 28, 2021
If India still drop Shreyas for Kohli, and keep Rahane, we deserve what he's been giving to the side with the bat. Not that I am very confident about Shreyas overseas, but somewhere you have to start the process of finding a new number 5.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) November 28, 2021
Forget Rahane's runs, see what team demands. It demands a new vice captain in Test.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) November 28, 2021
If Rahane is a team man, he would make way for Iyer now, even if the team doesn't want to drop him. Walk the talk.
— Manya (@CSKian716) November 28, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane in Tests in 2021
Avg vs spin: 23.0
Avg vs pace: 17.9
Sure is a serious pro, but the rope has surely ended. Since 2017, he averages 34 in Tests, 39 in home Tests.#INDvsNZ
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) November 28, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane averages only 32.73 from last 50 Tests of his career.#INDvsNZ
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 28, 2021
Kohli's form will dictate how long a rope Pujara and Rahane will get! The rope is struggling to bear the weight of two out-of-form heavyweights! #INDvsNZ
— Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) November 28, 2021
Not taking the review, that's the only contribution by captain Rahane this morning 👉👈 pic.twitter.com/PIQRt7dSsr
— Sudhanshu Ranjan Singh (@memegineers_) November 28, 2021
Struggle for Rahane continues, captain goes for 4 and India 41 for 3 – things getting worse for Rahane.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 28, 2021
Jadeja with bat & Axar with bowl.!It's going to be difficult to put one of them out once Virat Kohli returns.!Rahane might be make way to Kohli.!
— Deep Point (@ittzz_spidey) November 27, 2021
Most Single Digit Scores by Rahane in a Calendar Year
8 in 2021*
6 in 2015
5 in 2014#INDvsNZ
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) November 28, 2021
Most Single Digit Scores in 2021 Tests
11 – D Shibley
10 – Z Crawley
8 – A Rahane*
8 – K Brathwaite
7 – C Pujara
7 – K Mayers
7 – D Lawrence#INDvsNZ
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) November 28, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane- Once India's best overseas batsman. Played well across all surfaces.
The decline has been sad, but he has been in that state for a while. How long can he survive? #INDvsNZ
— Shankar (@shankarstake) November 28, 2021
— Not Daniel Alexander (@_UnrealDaniel) November 28, 2021
Rohit age 34
Keep playing the underperformer for 3-4 years in promise of what he did 5 years back, suddenly all these guys will retire, then you be struggling with team full of newbies.
— Andy. (@WeBleedBlue007) November 22, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane's morning walk pic.twitter.com/n8PPrYGe0E
— science wala ladka (@sciencewalaldka) November 28, 2021
— Biraj Raha (Ved) (@TheDravid_Fan) November 28, 2021
1060 days since Pujara's last test 100
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) November 28, 2021
Most Innings batted Without Scoring Century in WTC
40 – Cheteshwar Pujara*
28 – Jason Holder
27 – Jonny Bairstow#INDvsNZ
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) November 28, 2021