Pujara and Rahane:
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, once India’s most reliable batters, who performed in most bizarre situations for India, everyone remembers how Pujara took bodily blows of Australia’s pacers in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Ajinkya Rahane was India’s most reliable batsman who once had an away average of more than his home average and he had played some memorable knocks like his century at Lord’s in 2014, his century against Australia in MCG 2020.
but sports are cruel right? we can always rely on past performance when the team is struggling in their present, well this implies on these batters who are currently seeing slumps into their form.
the form of these two batters had been under the radar for a very long time, there are not so many innings they have played recently which can make these two veterans stay in the Indian batting lineup for a very long time.
Rahane and Pujara have had some horrendous numbers for the past three years, Pujara hasn’t scored a century since 2019 and Rahane scored his last century in 2020 december.
the number of these two batters are poor since 2019 Pujara is averaging 26.86 which is lower than Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc who averages 30.54.
the performance of these two batters of the last two years is Pujara 19 test 35 innings average 25.52(as of 4th January 2022), Rahane 18 tests 32 innings average 24.22(as of 4th January 2022).
India’s tour of South Africa most probably could see the back of these two batters where they failed to perform in 3 test and 6 innings both of them were able to perform only in one innings but apart from that there was no performance from these two batters.
in South Africa, the record of these two batters is 3 matches 6 innings and 136 runs highest 58 with an average of 22.66 for Ajinkya Rahane and for Cheteshwar Pujara 3 matches 6 innings and 124 runs highest 53 with an average of 20.66