Ajinkya Rahane once again could not convert his good start into a big innings. (Photo: AFP)
There is a famous saying in Hindi that when luck is bad, a dog bites even a man sitting on a camel. That is, when luck does not support anyone, then even after everything happens, he has to suffer loss. A similar situation is going on these days with the legendary batsman of Team India, Ajinkya Rahane. In Test cricket, Team India’s vice-captain Rahane has been going through poor form for a long time and it is also becoming difficult for him to maintain his place in the team. In such a situation, Rahane needs a big innings and when he was looking in good rhythm, despite luck, form again left him. Something similar happened on the first day of the first Test match against New Zealand in Kanpur, where Rahane told the story of the current state of his career in just 2 balls.
The first match of the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand began in Kanpur on Thursday, 25 November. Ajinkya Rahane is leading the team in this match and this series is considered very important for his career. He has failed consistently this year except for just two or three innings. In such a situation, he needs a big innings in this series and for this the very first day of Kanpur Test brought a good opportunity for him. After a better start, Team India got a chance to score a big score and for this Captain Rahane was at the crease.
Fluff the floor with two balls
After opening the innings cautiously, Rahane hit some excellent shots on the Kiwi bowlers and got the boundaries. He was moving towards his half-century and had hit 6 fours. Then shortly before the end of the second session, Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson came to bowl. Rahane had already taken some excellent boundaries on Jamieson, but this time Rahane’s luck came to the floor with a straight half inside just two balls.
On the very first ball of Jamieson’s over, there was an appeal for a catch behind the wicket in the leg-side against Rahane and the umpire gave it out. Rahane used DRS and there he was relieved as the ball hit the Thai pad. Team India, including Rahane, had taken a sigh of relief that their game was over on the very next ball. In an attempt to cut Jamieson’s delivery, the Indian captain hit his own stumps and once again missed a good start and returned to the pavilion.
Did as you said!
Rahane had said in the press conference before the start of the test match that he is not too worried about his form and according to him, scoring a century in every match does not contribute, but sometimes scoring 30-40 or 50 runs is also a contribution. Happens, provided the team wins. Now whether Team India will win this match in Kanpur or not, but Rahane got out after scoring only 35 runs according to his saying and thus he lost another good chance to save his place.
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