Will vice captain Rahane be out of the 4th test?
India’s batting debacle at the Leeds test has triggered a debate. Whether the team think tank should go with an extra batsman or will stick to the 5 full-fledged bowlers formula as advocated by skipper Virat Kohli. In both, the innings the lower middle order was blown away without a trace. And memories of the 36 all out at Adelaide came flooding in.
Moreover, England bowling will be strengthened by the return of Chris Woakes. Who has always fired vs India as an allrounder.
From what we have seen at Leeds, the major question was with the Indian middle-order 3-4 -5. Pujara finally managed to save his skin with a fine 2nd innings of 91 runs. Kohli somehow got his first 50 of the series though he still looks out of sorts against the new moving ball but the man struggling the most is Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane did score a fighting 61 at Lords which helped the team to stay in the game and finally pull off a great win. However, at Leeds, he is back at his mediocre ways getting 18 and 10 in the two innings. It has been seen in recent times that Rahane gets one major knock in a big series. Then his number of runs subsides. The same happened in the epic Australia series, after his 112 at MCG he did not get another big score. In the home series vs England, he got one fifty -67 followed by low scores. It seems the trend is getting repeated in this series as well. Will vice captain Rahane be out of the 4th test?
Hence, India is very much likely to look at Surya Kumar Yadav, who was in great domestic form or Hanuma Vihari who has played tests in England in 2018 and has county experience.
Hanuma had shown great fighting qualities at Sydney test, batting with an injured hamstring and saving the match . However the current good form of Surya cannot be ignored.
As the starting hours of the Oval test draws near, it remains to be seen what fortune it brings for the Indian vice-captain with respect to his spot in the team .