Cricket News: Aakash Chopra predicts that Ajinkya Rahane will not be in Team India’s starting XI against South Africa. Particularly if the visitors choose to use only five expert batters. In Test cricket, Rahane has had a particularly bad run. While the runs on his willow have dried. The bigger worry is that the Indian vice-captain has appeared hesitant and uneasy in the middle. Chopra was asked about the chances of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane in a video posted on his YouTube account. They’ve kept their places in the starting XI. In the middle order, Chopra believes Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari should be favored over Rahane.
“Of course, this is all hypothetical, as the squad has yet to be chosen. Rahane, on the other hand, I’m not so sure about it. If Virat Kohli sticks with the same lineup – five hitters, five bowlers, and a wicketkeeper in Pant – I believe he will be left out of the XI,” Aakash Chopra said.
“I can’t let Shreyas Iyer go now; I’m even considering Hanuma Vihari. You sent him to South Africa solely for this purpose, and he has made runs there as well. So, if you need a sixth batter, play him as well. At this time, I shall prioritize performance and form over reputation,” Chopra added.
Cricket News: Lastly, Ajinkya Rahane has managed just 411 runs. At a dismal average of 19.57 in the 12 Tests he has played this year. There were chances of him being dropped for the second Test against New Zealand. Before he was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Chopra believes Pujara will keep his place in the starting lineup. The persistent batter has been among the runs, according to Rahane. In addition, he has performed admirably in the last several games and deserves to remain on the team.
Cricket News: “Yes, in my opinion, Cheteshwar Pujara. He will keep his place in the starting XI because he has recently scored at No. 3, not a lot, but he has scored. If you look at the last few Test matches, he’s been scoring runs. The second innings at Lord’s, the second innings at Leeds, and even the second innings at Wankhede show that he has begun to score runs. So I’ll continue to support Cheteshwar Pujara. So it will be difficult for Rahane, but Pujara will make the XI,” Aakash Chopra said.