England vs India 2021: It is Doable That You Can See A Change

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The former Indian pacemaker Zaheer Khan has pointed out a possible change in the loft department after the disaster of the Headingley test. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane could be dropped given his declining earnings from the series so far.

India’s weak hitting outside the openers was twice exposed in the third Test against England. There have been two breakdowns, the main cause of which lies in the unstable and underperforming middle class. According to Zaheer, Ajinkya Rahane in particular could give way to another batsman.

Ajinkya Rahane [Image-Twitter]

[Cheteshwar] Pujara was under pressure, but he found a way to get out of there. He did something different and got the results. Rahane was unable to do this. I think the show has reached such a stage where these things are analyzed. And it is possible that you will see a change“Said the former bowler.

Rahane’s scores in the series have been miserable so far – 5,1,61,18,10. Aside from those lonely fifty at Lord’s, he looked restlessly at the crease, unable to survive against the moving ball. Pujara, on the other hand, was terrible in the first two games as well before showing up at Headingley with a flowing 91.

“One stepped and stepped, but the other doesn’t seem comfortable yet” – Zaheer Khan

Zaheer, who played in 92 Tests and selected 311 wickets, was impressed with the way Pujara was beaten in the Headingley second innings. The 33-year-old looked as usual in defense, but improved with his aggressive game. He seemed keen to reach limits, which worked in his favor.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar-Pujara. (Credits: BCCI)

Rahane, on the other hand, looked shaky in his defense, but has not yet tried the aggressive approach. He may be at the end of his rope because the standards he has set have not been met in the three tests so far.

Two players were under fire. One stepped and stepped, but the other doesn’t seem comfortable yet. If you play for a longer period of time, you cannot only be dependent on previous performance in the team. You have to live up to the continuity.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (Image source: Twitter)

At the same time your role changes. You don’t just think about your game, but as a strong middle-class batsman you have to set an example for the youngsters. The further you advance in your career, the more control you will get.“Added Zaheer.

India has several options for replacing Rahane. These include Hanuma Vihari and Suryakumar Yadav, waiting on the sidelines to seize the opportunity if it arises.

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