IND vs SA: Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form in Test cricket reached a new low on Monday, as the former India Test vice-captain recorded the first golden duck of his career during the second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Duanne Olivier delivered a back-of-the-length delivery that was way outside the off. Instead of letting the ball alone, Rahane went after it, feeding a thick outside edge to the third slip, where Keegan Petersen completed the dismissal. Oliver’s second consecutive wicket came after he removed Cheteshwar Pujara for 3 off 33 in the previous ball, bringing his Test wicket tally to 50.
Rahane’s departure also meant that he had a golden duck in Test cricket for the first time in his career. He had previously been dismissed nine times for a duck.
Rahane’s demise brought him to a new low, as he now averages 26.90 in his previous 34 Test innings, accumulating 888 runs and only one century, a brilliant 112 against Australia in Melbourne in December 2020. There are also four half-centuries and as many ducks in this era.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, expressed his displeasure with the team management’s continued support for the former Test vice-captain on Sunday, stating that it just means fewer opportunities for Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer.
“Rahane has the support of the team’s management. The first Test was won by India, and Rahane scored 48 runs in the first innings. As a result, he might receive another chance. They should, however, consider Vihari and Shreyas Iyer. The more opportunities Rahane has, the fewer opportunities the other players will have. As a result, this must be discussed “According to ESPNCricinfo, he said.
Vihari was given his chance as Virat Kohli was forced to miss the second Test due to an upper back spasm, but Iyer was left out due to a stomach virus.
With Rahane getting one more chance in the second innings, Vihari or Iyer could be considered for the series’ final Test match in Cape Town.
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