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Sunil Gavaskar Explains Reason Behind Ajinkya Rahane Being India’s Most Reliable Man In Crisis

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Sunil Gavaskar pointed out the improvement in Ajinkya Rahane’s batting technique and explained the reason behind the batsman being India’s most reliable man in a crisis situation.

Rohit Sharma scored a ton (161) on the 1st day of the second Test between India and England in Chennai, but despite the opener emerging star of the day, the contribution of Ajinkya Rahane was equally crucial in India’s recovering their innings. India was reeling at 86/3 before a century partnership between the duo took the score to 189/3 at the tea interval. Shortly after the break, Ajinkya Rahane brought up his 23rd Test fifty.

Rohit Sharma greets Ajinkya Rahane PTI Photo
Rohit Sharma greets Ajinkya Rahane PTI Photo

Sunil Gavaskar Thinks Confidence Is Reason Behind Ajinkya Rahane Being India’s Most Reliable Batsman

Former India captain and opener Sunil Gavaskar applauded Ajinkya Rahane for his fine effort with the bat. After the first Test, in which he had scored 1 and 0, fingers were beginning to point at the Indian vice-captain for his record at home with critics suggesting axing him despite his marvellous ton at Melbourne.

“I think his confidence,” Sunil Gavaskar said when asked what’s been different about Ajinkya Rahane.

“On the left side (examining Rahane’s second-innings dismissal in the first Test), you see that his head is more outside the off stump, and therefore he’s not able to judge where or how the ball is going to move. On the right side, you can see the foot also is going straighter, and therefore when the ball comes in for you to make that late adjustment, it becomes straighter. But when your foot is moving straighter, you can still make that adjustment.”

“That’s what he has done. That’s the kind of batsman and cricketer he is, learning from mistakes. He’s somebody who is such a reliable player in a crisis for India. On tough pitches, he’s the one who scores runs.”

On Saturday 13th February, Ajinkya Rahane ended the debate surrounding his form while scoring 67 with Sunil Gavaskar pointing out the improvement in his batting and explaining the reason why the batsman is India’s most reliable man in a crisis situation.

Ajinkya Rahane scored a solitary run across the two innings in the first Test against England in Chennai. The Indian vice-captain hasn’t breached the half-century mark in his last seven Test innings after scoring 112 runs in the 2nd Melbourne Test win in Australia.

Mark Butcher Felt Ajinkya Rahane’s Criticism Of Dismissal Was Unjustified

While Sunil Gavaskar reckoned it was Ajinkya Rahane’s confidence, fellow analyst Mark Butcher feels the batsman looked a lot more assured with his footwork, while calling Ajinkya Rahane’s criticism unjustified.

Mark Butcher. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for the PCA)
Mark Butcher. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for the PCA)

“The criticism was a little bit unjustified. He got a beautiful, juicy full toss to get himself off the mark. Since then, he’s been so definite in his footwork than he was in the first Test match,” Mark Butcher explained.

“We know that Rahane can sit back in the crease. He’s a short man so he doesn’t mind playing those cut shots outside off stump. He’s been a great follow for Rohit. He has allowed Rohit in patches to go down the wicket in that session but Rahane was the one who kept things ticking along. If India score anywhere around 400, I think it’s curtains, it’ll be 1-1.”

Ajinkya Rahane stepped up as stand-in captain in Australia and hit a series-defining hundred in Melbourne but he has been inconsistent with the bat since then. 4, 22, 24, 37, 1, 0 have been his series of scores since that match-winning hundred in the 2nd Test against Australia in December 2020 before his 67 in 2nd Test’s first innings.

Former spinner Pragyan Ojha has expressed his surprise at Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s inconsistent displays with the bat. VVS Laxman expects batsmen Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to learn from their mistakes and deliver the goods for Team India in the second Test against England at Chennai which the duo did to perfection.

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