SA vs IND 2nd Test: Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar reckons Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane might have just one inning left in their test career to save it. Gavaskar said it while doing the commentary in the 2nd test match between South Africa and India.
Team India’s test number 3, Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 3 runs in 33 deliveries while Ajinkya Rahane went back for a first-ball duck. The two batters departed in consecutive deliveries to force India on backfoot against South Africa on day one of the second test matches at Johannesburg.
With the dismissals, both of them again found themselves amidst the fan’s rage who demanded the management to replace both of them from the test team. Moreover, the fans asked to include Shreyas Iyer in the team, who had recently debuted in the test.
“After those two dismissals one can say that they probably have just the next innings, both Pujara and Rahane, to save their Test careers,” Gavaskar said after the early dismissals of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
“There have been questions asked about their place in the team and now with these two dismissals they have just one innings left. If there is another innings and the way India is going, it looks like there will be another for them to score something and maybe keep their place in the team,” the former India captain further added.
The form of Ajinkya Rahane has been poor lately. His dismal performance continued as he only scored 48 & 20 in the two innings of the 1st test against South Africa.
Cheteshwar Pujara is not having a memorable time either. The test mainstay hasn’t scored a century since January 2019. Moreover, in the first test against South Africa could only manage a golden duck and 16 compounding on his batting woes.