Sanjay Manjrekar has analysed Ajinkya Rahane after he again failed with the bat on day 5 of the first Test match. Rahane came out to bat at a crucial stage on the last day and was expected to stitch an essential partnership with captain Virat Kohli. However, Rahane disappointed with the bat once again and was castled for 0 on the third ball.
The Indian vice-captain had absolutely no clue against Anderson as his off-stump went for a toss. After his dismissal, Manjrekar recommended Rahane to score more runs and carry the burden of players who are out of form. Manjrekar also highlighted Rahane’s low scores after his century at Melbourne.
Sanjay Manjrekar Slams Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane has failed consistently after his century which is a sign of big worry for team India. On top of that 32-year-old doesn’t have a great batting record at home in Test matches with 3 Tests still remaining in the series. Manjrekar on Twitter indicated that these consistently low scores of Rahane are putting India under pressure in crucial stages of the Test match.
“My issue with Rahane the captain is Rahane the batsman. After that 100 in Melbourne his scores are – 27*, 22, 4, 37, 24, 1 & 0. After a 100, class players carry their form & carry the burden of players out of form”, Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
My issue with Rahane the captain is Rahane the batsman.
After that 100 in Melbourne his scores are – 27*, 22, 4, 37, 24, 1 & 0. After a 100, class players carry their form & carry the burden of players out of form. #INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 9, 2021
Meanwhile, Rahane survived a major score on his second delivery when England appealed for an LBW against him. The very next ball Anderson bowled a perfect inswinger and comprehensively clean bowled Rahane. From that point onwards it was all England as they kept chipping away at the Indian wickets and won the opening Test at Chennai.
The visitors wrapped up the Test match by 227 runs in the second session on day 5. Rahane will certainly have to perform with the bat in the next Test as KL Rahul is part of the Test squad who is also an option to bat at number 5. The second Test between India and England will again be played at Chennai from 13th February.