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IND vs SA | Nothing about Ajinkya Rahane in last 3-4 years gives me hope, says Sanjay Manjrekar

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Sanjay Manjrekar has opined that nothing about Ajinkya Rahane within the final 3-4 years provides him hope that the latter is coming again into kind. In 25 bilateral Check sequence since 2020, the South Africa sequence is his fifth, the place Rahane has averaged under 25, scoring solely 136 runs from 6 innings.

India are at the moment taking part in a three-match Check sequence in opposition to South Africa and the hosts are in a robust place to safe the sequence victory by profitable the continued third Check. Batting has been a problem of concern for the Indian group within the ongoing three-match Check sequence. India middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been having a drought for runs in his current outings in Check cricket.

Rahane may handle to attain solely 136 runs from 6 innings within the ongoing red-ball sequence averaging solely 22.67. Additionally, the right-hand batsman has been failing constantly to notch up massive scores for the group. 

Reflecting on the type of Ajinkya Rahane, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has opined that the right-hand batsman’s kind within the final 3-4 years has been disappointing and he ought to return to first-class cricket to regain his mojo.

“It’s (his dismissal) a mixture of a superb supply and Ajinkya Rahane’s kind. He wants to return and play first-class cricket and hopefully get his mojo again. I’d not give Rahane one other innings. Pujara has a stronger case in my e book. Nothing about Rahane within the final 3-4 years provides me hope that he’s coming again into kind. There have been glimmers when he acquired 100 in Melbourne. However, aside from that, nothing a lot,” Manjrekar mentioned to ESPNcricinfo.

Within the final 25 bilateral Check sequence Rahane has performed since 2020, that is the fifth occasion when he has completed a sequence with a median under 25. Former South African cricketer Daryll Cullinan who was additionally a part of the dialogue believes that Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal would possibly face the axe forward of the Check sequence at residence in opposition to Sri Lanka in February. 

“I’m not satisfied about (Mayank) Agarwal. They’re the 2 (dealing with the axe), if I used to be Rahul Dravid, batsmen to play overseas. If he’s sincere with himself, he may be pondering it’s the top of the street (for Rahane). There’s some younger thrilling expertise which now deserves a run,” he mentioned.

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