The interim Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane had faced his first ball as a bouncer on Day 2 of the final Test against Australia from Pat Cummins. It was a similar delivery on which he got out in the Ranchi Test. Soon after that, he smashed a six and a four but both were edges.
Although Rahane got runs but wasn’t looking comfortable throughout his innings. He survived a span of 104 balls at the crease which also comprises of some beautiful looking shots as well but was tied down by off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the end.
However, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also wasn’t pleased with the way Rahane has been batting. During a chat with India Today, he said, “Ajinkya Rahane is scratchy. It is not the Rahane we have seen over a long period of time. Think about the Rahane at Lord’s (2013) where it was seaming, decking, bouncing and he just batted as if it was a different track.”
The southpaw reckons that Rahane needs a mental edge he enjoys while at his best. He said, “Imagine his hundreds in Australia. He is just a bit out of the place at the moment; maybe mentally… the confidence has gone down a bit because he hasn’t had a good series against England.”
This is the last game of the big home season of 13 Tests and Rahane has been trusted as a replacement of Virat Kohli in his absence as a skipper by the team management and this is high time he should prove huis mettle.
Talking about the same, Ganguly said, “He hasn’t had a good series so far by his standards. So, his confidence level is down a bit and you can see that in his batting. I think it is not the Rahane but he is surviving, he is trying hard, he is competing…typical Mumbai khadoosness as they say. But we have seen a better Rahane. And I think once this series finishes, he probably will have to sit down and find a way to relax and get his mind back on track.”