India vs South Africa: Ishant Sharma likely to be dropped and last chance for Rahane and Pujara

India vs South Africa: India’s upcoming tour of South Africa is likely to be senior pacer Ishant Sharma’s swansong in international cricket. Also, The Indian Express reported on Saturday. With pressure from a bevvy of emerging fast bowlers. The selectors have decided to look beyond Ishant has been struggling to get wickets of late. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, in addition to Ishant Sharma, will be targeted for similar reasons. Rahane was just relieved of his duties as vice-captain. This year, he’s averaging under 20. In a long time, Pujara hasn’t put in a strong performance. In India’s last several games, he has stared at the sea. Defeat in South Africa might spell the end for the three great careers. In the report, an official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India verified the same.

“Rahane’s removal as vice-captain is a clear warning signal to him. As a senior member on the side, he needs to contribute more. The same is true for Pujara also. He too has been around for a long time and now the team expects him to play those crucial knocks in big games. In case they score and have a significant impact on the series, they might be able to extend their Test careers. But in the case of Ishant, this could be it,” Ishant Sharma said.

India vs South Africa: Ishant Sharma likely to be dropped and last chance for Rahane and Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane

India vs South Africa: Following that, the selectors have made it plain that Pujara and Rahane would not be saved by 40-50-run knocks. Only the Rainbow Nation’s “big runs” can keep them going.

“To avoid the axe, they have to score large runs, not 40s and 50s,” Ishant said.

India vs South Africa: Lastly, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are underweight from the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari. Iyer had a brilliant debut against New Zealand in Kanpur’s final month, scoring 105 and 65 in two innings. Meanwhile, Vihari was the best scorer for India ‘A’ against South Africa ‘A’ on the informal Test tour. Also, scoring 227 runs from five innings at 75.67.

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