You most likely have to talk to the selectors: Kohli on Pujara-Rahane future

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South Africa vs India, 3rd Test at Cape Town, Jan 11-15, 2022,
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Printed on: Jan 15, 2022

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India Check captain Virat Kohli refused to reveal something about the way forward for struggling senior batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane following India’s 2-1 collection loss to South Africa on Friday. Requested about what would occur to the 2 now that they’ve failed in one other collection, Kohli said that it is going to be the selectors who will take the decision.

Pujara and Rahane managed just one fifty every within the three matches, averaging within the early 20s. Their kind has been a query mark for a few seasons now. On the post-match convention following India’s defeat, Kohli was requested about the way forward for the duo. He replied, “I can’t sit right here and speak about what’s gonna occur sooner or later. That is not for me to sit down right here and talk about. You most likely have to talk to the selectors, what they take into account. This isn’t my job.”

Kohli, nevertheless, added, though a bit unconvincingly, that he would proceed to again the 2 gamers contemplating what they’ve finished for the staff over time. He commented, “As I’ve stated earlier than, I’ll say once more, we’ll proceed to again Cheteshwar and Ajinkya due to the sort of gamers they’re, what they’ve finished in Check cricket for India over time, taking part in essential knocks within the second innings (in Johannesburg) as effectively. These are the sort of performances we recognise as a staff.” He, nevertheless, concluded the assertion by saying, “What the selectors determine to do, I clearly is not going to remark sitting right here.”

The Indian captain additionally minced no phrases in blaming the batting for letting the staff down. He admitted that frequent batting collapses are unacceptable. India crossed 300 within the first innings of the collection and went on to win in Centurion however skilled batting collapses within the remaining two Checks. The 33-year-old conceded, “It’s undoubtedly batting. I do not assume we will pinpoint another facet of our recreation as a staff. Sure, the batting clearly must be regarded into. There isn’t any operating away from that. Having collapses from time to time isn’t an excellent factor. And that is one thing we have to analyse and proper, transferring ahead.”

Other than India’s bowling, Rishabh Pant’s Cape City hundred was one of many large positives for India. Praising the teen, Kohli stated, “Positively I believe it was a high-quality knock given the circumstances and the state of affairs and the sort of bowling that was on show, and that is the expertise he possesses. Large knock, one of many higher tons of that I’ve seen.”

–By A Cricket Correspondent

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