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IND vs SA: The mistake that made India’s two greatest Test batsmen yearn for runs

The two biggest batsmen of the Indian cricket team’s middle order could only score runs in this series at an average of 22 and 20, while only one half-century each came from both of their bats.

Pujara and Rahane scored only 1-1 half-centuries in the Test series against South Africa.

Team India in South Africa (Team India) Now many hours have passed since his defeat. The Indian team’s dream of winning the Test series in South Africa once again remained unfulfilled. After this defeat, the middle order of Team India is in the circle of most questions. The poor performance of three great batsmen of world cricket overshadowed the dreams of Team India. Team India captain Virat Kohli is also included in these three batsmen. But Cheteshwar Pujara is much more talked about than that. (Cheteshwar Pujara) and Ajinkya Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) Regarding the form.

This is also because both these players are considered ‘Test Specialists’. Virat Kohli plays in all three formats while Pujara and Rahane only represent India in the Test team. In such a situation, there has been an uproar over the poor form of these two Test specialist batsmen. In the three-Test series, only one half-century each came from Pujara and Rahane’s bat.

Where did the mistake of both the legendary batsmen go?

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been among the great batsmen of world cricket. Both are like the foundation of the team’s batting but both these batsmen kept making the same mistake. The pitch of South Africa is considered to be the toughest pitch in world cricket. Where the ball swings, there is seam, there is bounce. The players doing commentary during the match were of the opinion that the ‘length’ of the ball on such a pitch should be sensed and left. Because if you chase the ball, then the risk of getting out increases a lot. While both Pujara and Rahane were also seen ‘defending’ such balls which were not going on the wicket in any case.

The rule book of cricket says that if you are attacking the bowler, then it is a different matter. Otherwise the ball which is not going on the wicket should not be tampered with. Whereas in the second innings of the Cape Town Test, both the batsmen were dismissed by making a similar mistake. Cheteshwar Pujara took a catch at leg slip. And the ball on which Rahane got out was not going on the wicket.

Only one fifty in the entire series

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane could score only one half-century each in the 3-Test series. In the second innings of the Johannesburg Test, both these batsmen had scored half-centuries. After this there was hope that both the batsmen would be seen in color but this could not happen. The situation was such that in the entire series, a total of 136 runs came from Ajinkya Rahane’s bat and 124 runs from Pujara’s bat. Rahane scored 22 and Pujara scored 20, which is almost half of his Test career average.

This situation is not good for Indian cricket. His way to reach the final of the World Test Championship has become very difficult from now on. India has to play Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the coming days. The big question is whether the time has come to change the middle order of Team India. Players like Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari are constantly looking for opportunities.

Also read: After losing the series to South Africa, will Team India reach the final of WTC 2021-23? Know full details here

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