Brad Hogg Picks Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Rohit Sharma for Test Captaincy. The former Australian reckons Rahane should be a better option. Brad Hogg Picks Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Rohit Sharma for Test Captaincy.
Soon after the Board of Control for Cricket in India released, Virat will be leaving Australia after the 1st Test, the experts have been divided into two views. Indian regular skipper will miss India vs Australia test series after the 1st game due to paternity leave and will fly back to India.
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In absence of a regular skipper who will lead the side against a tenacious Australian lineup, the question is trending all over. While BCCI kept its silence on the issue but the experts of Cricket are divided into two views.
The likes of Irfan Pathan says that Rohit Sharma will be a much better option then Ajinkya Rahane. However, Brad Hogg reckons Ajinkya Rahane as a wise pick.
The Former Australian leg-spinner feels Rohit has not been in good touch in the overseas conditions when it comes to red-ball cricket, however, Ajinkya Rahane has done a fairly good job.
“Rahane will do a fine job. The only other option would be Rohit but his record touring in Test Cricket provides no certainty of him holding a spot in the team,” Hogg tweeted.
Is Anjinkya Rahane a better option:
Talking about the red ball fixtures, the white ball stylish opener has lacked his wood in overseas pitches. The five times IPL title winner made his test debut back in 2013, has an average of 88.33 with six tons and five half tons in home conditions. The overseas pitches have disturbed Rohit Sharma most of the time with his average dropping to just 26.32 away from home.
Rohit Sharma returned to the test side last year in winters against South Africa. This time the stylish wite ball batsman played as an opener and scored back to back hundreds and a double century. However, the exam of Rohit Sharma in overseas conditions is still due.
The limited over Vice Captian of India missed the Test fixtures against New Zealand due to an injury. The recent test series against Aussies will be “make or break” for the 33-year-old, as far as the longest format career is concerned.
Ajinkya Rahane India’s Vice-Captain in Tests has done a fairly decent job. The Right-Handed player is the regular test player and a dependent cricketer to provide depth. Rahane proved his steel against Australia in the 2017 decider test match in home conditions when Virat Kohli was ruled out due to an injury.