January27 , 2022

Dinesh Karthik Says Ajinkya Rahane Getting Dropped For Mumbai Test Will “Ease Pressure” Off Batter | Cricket News

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Ajinkya Rahane has been struggling for kind in 2021.© AFP

With Ajinkya Rahane struggling for form with the bat, hypothesis is rife that his place in Team India’s taking part in XI is at risk for the second and remaining Test in opposition to New Zealand on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Rahane posted scores of 35 and 4 within the drawn opening check in Kanpur to proceed his poor run this 12 months. The 33-year-old batter has an unenviable common of 19.6 in 2021. According to Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik, Rahane getting dropped from the crew for the Mumbai Test will assist ease among the stress off him.

“With Shreyas Iyer coming in and doing so well, I think the pressure will obviously be on Rahane and he might be the one to be dropped. This has happened during a tour of South Africa when Rahane was dropped for a game before he again came back. There is no harm if Rahane’s dropped for a game,” Karthik mentioned in a discussion with Cricbuzz.

“Iyer has literally taken India to safe zone in this Test on his own. He’s done really well. And It’s not like Rahane has not been among the runs in 1-2 Tests. It has been going on for a long time now. I don’t think it’s such a bad thing for him to be dropped. It will ease some of the pressure on him,” he added.

“I do think a similar sort of baggage is there on (Cheteshwar) Pujara too. He hasn’t got a hundred in a long time. And since the start of 2020, he too has averaged in the mid-20s. These are two players who have set their standards very high. They would know they haven’t performed according to expectations.”

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