Atul Wassan believes that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have not done enough with the bat in the South Africa series and may not get chances in the future. Wassan also added that the batsmen had lost the series this time as they did not give bowlers enough runs to defend 20 wickets.
India lost a three-match Test series to South Africa 2-1 on Friday. The visitors had won the first test, but the hosts returned to secure a seven-wicket series victory in Cape Town. India had a world-class bowling attack but their batting disappointed them the most. The middle ground was not to score races and the form of two senior batsmen on the team, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara is still a problem.
Rahane scored 136 races with an average of 22.67 in the series, while Pujara collected 124 races with an average of 20.67. Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan believes the ship has sailed for both of these batsmen and that they may not get more chances in the future
“I think the ship has sailed for Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara because they are not doing enough. An odd 40 and an odd 50 will not work for them, it is not expected. Our batsmen have lost us the series this time. They has not given bowlers enough runs to defend 20 wickets, “Wassan told ANI.
“We saw the wickets get easier as the match progressed and we saw these guys score runs. So it was identical to what happened in the last two test matches. So the blame lies with Pujara and Rahane. The Indian team has invested a lot on them, and we wanted them to feel spoken, and they did not make it count. “
Going into the series, South Africa looked like a slightly weak side with their batting against a quality Indian bowling attack. They also lacked Anrich Nortje’s services for the series. Keegan Petersen, Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma contributed to them with the bat, while Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen led the wicket column for them. Wassan stated that he is disappointed that India lost the series but also pointed out that it is a good sign of victory as they were lagging behind in quality in the last few months.
“This team is certainly not what we’ve seen before. I’m disappointed not to be shocked as these things happen in cricket, but I did not expect this kind of match back. It’s a good sign for South African cricket because they fell a bit off. “The map, England, Australia and India dominated. A good South African team will work very well for Indian cricket. Not winning the series and losing the series is disappointing, but you have to learn to learn,” he concluded.
“I think Rahul Dravid has been where we were in the series after leading 1-0. They have done this before, but yes, it is the weakest side, but in hindsight you can see how their batsmen played especially Petersen and Bavuma and Van der Dussen. So they have played really well. It shows that they have the potential, and beating a side like India will help them do better abroad as well. “
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