Time for Ajinkya Rahane to return?

Time for Ajinkya Rahane to return?

India have received widespread criticism for dropping one of their most reliable batsmen in these kinds of conditions, and getting influenced in part by Rohit's sensational limited-overs form. On nought at the time the tailender went on to get 35 runs, helping South Africa to a 40-over-par total of 286. It has worked for us in the recent past, that's something definitely is a combination that a lot of global sides want to go with these days, because you don't want the bowlers to settle against one kind of batsmen and one line and length, especially with the new ball. "Rohit had scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka". Certainly, South African skipper Faf du Plessis had expressed surprise at the omission of both Rahane and Ishant, with Rohit Sharma (21 runs in two innings) and Jasprit Bumrah (4-112 in two innings) playing instead.

At the post match press conference, when Virat Kohli suggested that the batters would need to step up going forward.

Rahane proved his mettle four years back during India's tour to South Africa where he became the third highest run-getter with 209 runs in the series behind Kohli (272 runs) and Cheteshwar Pujara (280). But after the 3rd innings of the match, there were some expectations from the Indian batsmen to chase the target.

After the Tests against the Sri Lankans Rohit had pushed his case even further when he hit an unprecedented third career double-century in one-day internationals, followed by a second Twenty20 worldwide hundred a few days after. Their inclusion over Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul, who are known for their outstanding performance in the test format shocked Ganguly along with many cricket lovers. It is to be seen what changes Virat Kohli makes to the side. It could be Ajinkya Rahane in the middle in place of Rohit Sharma and there's a possibility of KL Rahul coming at top of the order. He may have collected the majority of his Test runs outside India, but the bulk of them have been in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - hardly benchmarks for Test quality at the moment. It will have a lot more bounce than Cape Town. The other batting selection, picking Dhawan over KL Rahul, was made to include a rhythm disrupting left-hander. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions. "I would give Rohit Sharma one more opportunity". They have got two, including Quinton (de Kock) in their batting order. Dhawan dropped one - that of Keshav Maharaj. With the second Test set to take place at the Supersport Park in Centurion from January 13, it is certain that the Indian team management will ring in some changes to the XI that took the field in Cae Town.

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