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Ajinkya Rahane Should Get A Chance In India As Well – Virender Sehwag Backs India’s Vice Captain

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Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag believes out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane deserves a chance in home conditions. Rahane has been struggling to score runs consistently in Test matches this year.

The Indian vice-captain averages just 19.57 in 11 test matches played in 2021, with two fifties to his name. His overall test batting average has also fallen below 40. In the test series against England, Rahane was found wanting and could only score 109 runs at an average of 15.57. Many cricket experts expressed the need to drop Rahane, however, Virender Sehwag feels otherwise.

While speaking on Sony Sports, Sehwag wants the Indian selectors to persist with Ajinkya Rahane for a test series in home conditions. He said,

“I feel when your overseas tour goes bad, you should get a chance in India as well because this comes once in four years but you will play a series in India every year. If the series goes bad in India, then I will understand that the form which was bad overseas is there here as well, then he deserves it now.”

Ajinkya Rahane should get a chance when the next series happens in India: Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag also highlighted that many great cricketers have gone through slumps in their careers, but have bounced back stronger. He stated that the Indian team should back their vice-captain during his tough phase by giving him another chance, before dropping him from the squad. Virender Sehwag said

“I have seen many great players who have not done anything for 8 or 9 Tests, not even a fifty, and they were still persisted with and the result was they performed going ahead, scored 1200-1500 runs in a year in Test cricket.”

“Everyone goes through a bad phase. The question is how you behave with your player in a bad phase, whether you back him or leave him. According to me, Ajinkya Rahane should get a chance when the next series happens in India. If he doesn’t perform there, you can say – thank you very much for your contribution,” Sehwag concluded.

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