Cricket News: Nikhil Chopra is of the opinion that team management should consider dropping senior batter Ajinkya Rahane. Also, for the Mumbai Test against New Zealand. And then the regular Test captain Kohli will return to lead the side for the encounter. Chopra made the statement while addressing on the Khelneeti YouTube channel.
For the second and final match of the New Zealand Test series, Nikhil suggested that Ajinkya Rahane be left on the bench instead of Agarwal. In recent years, Rahane’s batting average has been unimpressive. Instead, Nikhil proposes that the Indian think tank provide additional possibilities. Also, to young players in preparation for the upcoming South Africa visit. Nikhil added that if Agarwal is to be removed for the forthcoming encounter. And then Yadav should be included in the Playing XI ahead of Rahane.
“Instead of dropping Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane should make way for Virat Kohli. Rahane doesn’t have a great average and it shows his struggles in recent years. Youngsters should be given a chance to play in India. It is important to give them confidence ahead of an overseas tour. If you are looking to drop Agarwal, then I’d rather pick Suryakumar Yadav for the Mumbai Test,” Nikhil Chopra said.
Cricket News: In the first innings, Rahane got off to a good start. In the following innings, he was dismissed for a single-digit score. Apart from the stand-in captain, Cheteshwar Pujara has also been questioned for his poor batsmanship. Nikhil noted that Pujara’s form could be a major concern for India. He pointed out that Pujara has not been able to reach the three-figure mark in Test matches. At home for a while now.
“Playing at number three in Tests is very important. The selectors need to make a tough call as a lot of changes have been given now. It is surprising that Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t scored a century at home in recent years. Moreover, he plays a lot of ball. Also, his playing back-to-back maiden overs could frustrate the likes of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer,” Nikhil Chopra said.