Indian middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been criticized by critics for his performance in the Lord’s Test against England. He scored the highest score for the Men in Blue in their second set and added 61 important runs to the lead.
The hosts raised their tails after firing Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli with India struggling at 55/3. Two out-of-form batsmen under tremendous pressure were folding, and another failure could have sent them into a deeper spiral.
However, Cheteshwar Pujara took the bowlers out and survived a session. While the vice-captain, Rahane, showed class in his shots and reached his first fifty on the tour. Their 100-run partnership was very important for India’s chances.
After the performance, Rahane went to social media to share a photo of himself. The 33-year-old saw a smile, and he wrote it as follows:
“My reaction when the trolls are trolled!”
Below is Ajinkya Rahane’s Instagram post:
After the gloomy performances over the past few years, critics are banging on Rahane’s head. The composite Rahane, however, was agitated and made his bat speak, as clearly appeared to Lord.
“If he had changed the fifties to a century, he would have been happier” – Virender Sehwag on Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane scored the most points in his partnership with Pujara before the latter was sacked. India would be happy if they were both back in shape, but former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag reckoned things would have been even better if Rahane had scored his second Lord’s century.
“He played a very good beat. He had luck by his side when he dropped at 39. He would be happy with his innings. Of course not happy, but he will be happy after getting 60 odd runs to his credit. If he had transformed the fifty in a century, he would have been happier,“Sehwag said on Sony Sports Network.
Despite the lack of form, the Indian team management has continued to support Rahane and Pujara, and the two will be happy to bring the faith they show to rest. The next Test will be played on 25-29 August in Headingley, Leeds.