Sunil Gavaskar\’s candid reminder of Ajinkya Rahane as Indian pacers wrestle towards South Africa

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The Indian cricket workforce didn\’t get off to the very best begin on day one of many first Check towards South Africa, with KL Rahul rising as the one batsman to attain a half-century. Had it not been for Rahul\’s highly effective knock, India won\’t have even been in a position to put 200 runs on the board. Seeing the poor show of the touring batting unit on the primary day of the Centurion Check, Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar admitted that the workforce wants somebody like Ajinkya Rahane within the center.

Recalling Rahane\’s exploits 5 years in the past in Johannesburg, Gavaskar highlighted how properly the veteran batsman dealt with a tough pitch the place different batsmen appeared to be collapsing.

\”Individuals have been speaking in regards to the pitch within the Johannesburg Check 5 years in the past and I used to be there. Sure, it was not the best pitch to hit on the odd ball. It was climbing. And Ajinkya Rahane, who was not chosen for the primary two Check matches, was chosen for that match and confirmed what the Indian workforce had missed as a result of Earlier within the first two Check matches India didn\’t lose by a lot margin.

\”So possibly somebody has Rahane\’s expertise overseas… as a result of Rahane Overseas was a superb, nice participant and possibly if he had been there in the present day it might have been a totally totally different story,\” Gavaskar mentioned whereas commenting on Star Sports activities.

Rahane stays one in every of India\’s most constant gamers overseas. However the final two years have seen him lose his place within the Indian Check workforce. Rahane returned to the squad for the 2023 World Check Championship remaining after a powerful marketing campaign within the 2023 Indian Premier League with Chennai Tremendous Kings however didn\’t get the nod when the selectors introduced the squad for the tour of South Africa.

Whereas Rahane nonetheless has the potential to carry out properly for the Whites, the selectors seem decided to present younger gamers an opportunity in a bid to assemble a squad for the longer term.

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