Tuesday, 29 November 2022

It's Just Matter of One Innings for Rahane: Indian Head Coach

It's Just Matter of One Innings for Rahane: Indian Head Coach

India captain for Kanpur Test must still have been processing the fast result, with India falling short of one wicket of what would have been a great win on a low and slow surface when his coach Rahul Dravid was being asked about his need for runs. Ajinkya Rahane now averages 24.39 in his last 16 Tests, including one century in the Boxing Day Test nearly a year ago. With scores of 35 and 4 on this Test, his career average has now dipped below 40. At home, he averages 35.73.

Rahul Dravid was asked if he was concerned about Rahane's lack of runs. "I don't get bothered, you don't get worried," Rahul Dravid said. "Of course you would like to score more runs from Ajinkya Rahane. I am sure he would like a score more runs. He is a quality player. He has done well for India in past. He is one of the guys who has that quality and experience too. Hopefully it's just a matter of an one innings, a matter of a game where he can turn it around. Certainly he would like to score more runs. He knows that. And we know that."

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The lack of runs became stark when full-time captain Virat Kohli rested. His replacement Shreyas Iyer responded by becoming the first India player to score a century and a half-century on Test debut. Usually, you see the replacement player make way for the one returning, but when others are struggling in the side, the question is asked: how can you drop a debutant centurion when others are not scoring runs? Dravid was invited, too, if Iyer would be retained in the side.

"We haven't decided the playing XI for Mumbai," Dravid said. "It will be too prior to talk about it. We have only been thinking about this Test till now. When we get to Bombay, we will look at the conditions, the pitch. We will look at the guys' fitness. Virat Kohli will also join us so there will be consultation with him. Then we will decide who will be in the playing XI."

Apart from Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara has been short of runs, having last scored a century in January 2019. Even Kohli has gone two years without a century, but he has played fewer Tests than the duo, missing three in Australia and one now. An interesting first selection awaits the Kohli-Dravid captain-coach team.

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