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Vikram Rathour backs struggling Pujara, Rahane

Tags: New Zealand tour of India, 2021,
India vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Kanpur, Nov 25-29, 2021,
New Zealand,
India,
Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara,
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane,
Vikram Rathour

Printed on: Nov 29, 2021

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Regardless of one more failure for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane within the Kanpur Take a look at, Workforce India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour backed each the veteran batters to come back good sooner or later. Pujara was dismissed for contrasting 20s in each innings of the Take a look at match in opposition to New Zealand whereas stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane registered scores of 35 and 4.

Requested if the time has come to look past the 2 senior cricketers, Rathour asserted that the suppose tank nonetheless place confidence in them. He mentioned at a press convention on the finish of the fourth day’s play, “In fact we would like our prime order to contribute, however the cricketers you talked about have performed 80 and 90 Take a look at matches in order that they have the expertise. In fact to play that many video games they will need to have finished properly for us. I perceive each of them are going via a lean section however they’ve performed very crucial knocks for us previously, and we’re fairly positive they may come again and play extra necessary knocks for our crew sooner or later as properly.”

Rahane hasn’t scored a century because the Boxing Day Take a look at final yr and has registered a string of low scores. Pujara’s final hundred got here in January 2019 throughout the 2018-19 tour Down Underneath, when he was in prime kind. He did play a number of essential knocks throughout the Checks in Australia earlier this yr in addition to in England however hasn’t been constant in any respect.

After India crumbled to 51 for five on Sunday, debutant Shreyas Iyer (65) and Wriddhiman Saha (61*) rescued them with tremendous fifties. Iyer created historical past on debut, changing into the primary Indian to attain 100 and a fifty on Take a look at debut.

Requested who Virat Kohli will exchange when he comes again into the crew for the following Take a look at, Rathour replied, “The captain coming again in will occur in Mumbai, I perceive. We are going to get to that time after we attain Mumbai. At this level we’re targeted on this recreation. There may be nonetheless a day to go, and a recreation to be received. So we’re actually targeted on this recreation. (On Shreyas retaining his spot) That call we’ll take after we land in Mumbai.”

The batting coach additionally praised Saha for his preventing knock, battling a stiff neck. Admitting that Rishabh Pant stays the crew’s No. 1 keeper, Rathour added, “Sadly for Wriddhi, we’ve a particularly particular participant, Rishabh Pant, who’s the No. 1 keeper for the crew, who has finished extraordinarily properly for us previously two years. That is the function Wriddhi has in the meanwhile. He’s there at any time when we’d like him. Every time Pant will not be there. Once more he confirmed right this moment with the knock he performed right this moment that how necessary he’s and the way good he’s.”

India declared their second innings on 234 for 7 and dismissed Will Younger (2) earlier than stumps. The Kiwis want 280 for victory on Day 5.

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