Dinesh Karthik has suggested that out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane should be dropped from India’s Test squad to make room for Shreyas Iyer. The Test vice-captain has been struggling for a long, and Karthik believes Iyer’s exploits will put Rahane under pressure. Rahane has only found the middle value of 19.6 runs in Test cricket in 2021. Moreover, posted scores of 35 and 4 within the Kanpur Test against New Zealand. Karthik accepts it wouldn’t be such a bad thing in case Rahane were to be dropped for a game.
“With Shreyas Iyer coming in and doing so well, I think the pressure will obviously be on Rahane and he might be the one to be dropped. This has happened during a tour of South Africa. When Rahane was dropped for a game before he again came back. There is no harm if Rahane’s dropped for a game,” Dinesh Karthik said.
Furthermore, Dinesh Karthik also praised Shreyas Iyer’s first performance. In addition, the Mumbai-born batsman smashed a century and a half-century to accumulate 170 runs. Rahane should pull from the team, according to the Tamil Nadu cricketer. It will relieve him of some of the pressure.
“Iyer has literally taken India to a safe zone in this Test on his own. He’s done really well. And it’s not like Rahane has not been among the runs in 1-2 Tests. It has been going on for a long time now. I don’t think it’s such a bad thing for him to be dropped. It will ease some of the pressure on him,” Karthik added.
“Lastly, I do think a similar sort of baggage is there on Pujara too. He hasn’t got a hundred in a long time. And since the start of 2020, he too has averaged in the mid-20s. These are two players who have set their standards very high. They would know they haven’t performed according to expectations,” Dinesh Karthik said.