Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that Ajinkya Rahane needs to score runs to retain his place in the team despite being the team’s vice-captain. Aakash Chopra feels Ajinkya Rahane’s place in the team is in jeopardy after his poor performance against West Indies.
Ajinkya Rahane scored just 8 runs in India’s first innings in the second Test in Port of Spain on Thursday July 20. Shannon Gabriel saw Rahane off just before the tea break. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja played out the final session without losing any wickets as India ended Day 1 on 288/4.
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He is the vice-captain of this team – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Ajinkya Rahane He was lucky to survive early, but he got out a second time.
“Ajinkya Rahane – He is the vice-captain of this team for sure, but you get the feeling that the notice period is on. It happens to some players and it seems that it happens to him too or it will happen to him”. Chopra said.
“He also got an inside advantage once before. Then he got it a second time and the ball hit the stumps. It was a session where India lost four wickets and run-scoring was slow, but in the end India are in a commanding situation.” added.
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It was a less convincing hit – Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned-commentator stressed that Shubman Gill struggled in the No. 3 position and appeared to have less control.
“Shubman Gill came in at No. 3. It didn’t suit him last game or here and the short shot he played here was a less convincing shot. He didn’t look very controlled and then he gets an outside edge and he’s out,” He concluded.
Prior to the first Test, it was revealed by Rohit Sharma that Shubman Gill expressed a preference to bat at No. 3. However, he scored 6 runs in the first Test, followed by 10 runs in the second Test. Notably, this is the last test series for India before the 2023 World Cup.
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