India finally managed to reach a 400 plus score in the current England tour. On the 4th day of the Oval test, India scored 466 and set up a 367 winning target for England in the 4th innings.
However, in the first session, India lost 3 wickets in quick succession as England’s hopes brightened. One of the 3 wickets lost was of Ajinkya Rahane who is having a dreadful series and was out today for 0 off 8 balls lbw to Chris Woakes.
So far Rahane has managed only 109 runs at 15 average in 6 innings of this series with his top score of 61 in the 2nd innings at Lords, his only big contribution that set up a win.
Even in the England series at home, Rahane scored 112 runs at 18 average. In recent seasons Rahane has struggled to put together good performances with only one or two impact knocks. This has been his pattern.
After his latest failure, his test batting average has dropped below 40 . Rahane has played in 77 tests and hit 12 centuries.
Former Pakistani leggie Danish Kaneria , said in his YouTube channel that India now should look beyond Rahane. He mentioned the names of Suryakumar Yadav , Hanuma Vihari and Shaw from whom India should try to look for Rahane’s replacement.
Kaneria had said that everyone has seen how Rahane has struggled and now is the best time to replace him with a fresh blood .
Kaneria felt that Suryakumar Yadav has shown great form and potential and seems to be capable of batting in any type of conditions.
It remains to be seen what decision the Indian team management takes after Rahane’s continuous run of poor scores. Rahane is also the vice-captain of the team and hence the decision on him will be tougher to take