IND vs ENG: You can’t judge a player over 1 or 2 matches, says Ajinkya Rahane in defense of Rohit Sharma


Questions have been raised about Rohit Sharma’s form after scoring six and 12 points in the first Test match against England, but India Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane has backed the opener to get ahead in the coming games. Rahane said on Friday that one or two bad games won’t determine Rohit’s form. The vice captain praised Rohit, saying everyone knows he can score some big runs once he’s set. “Rohit (Sharma) is an important member of our team. A high score doesn’t mean you have to score a century or 150. He’s made important contributions in Australia. You can’t judge a player over 4-6 innings or one or two matches, ” Rahane said during the virtual press conference.

“You have to support your players and Rohit is the kind of cricket player who has won matches for India. We know that when Rohit gets a good score, he scores well. We are very happy to have Rohit on the team,” he added.

Former cricketers, including Ricky Ponting, had also questioned Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow approach on the Australian tour, but Rahane supported the batsman, saying Pujara knows his role and play.

Pujara recorded his slowest fifty in Test cricket during the third Test against Australia, and Ponting had said that the slow hitting of the batsman created unwanted pressure on the non-striker, which was to offset his slow approach.

Rahane also supported Pujara’s style of play, saying his role is very important and crucial to the Indian team

Nobody questioned his approach (slow) about his at bat in the team and that’s what matters. We don’t care what people talk outside. We know Pujara’s role and how crucial he is to our team and we are very happy with the way he played in Australia and the way he plays now. His role is very important to us and we fully support him on how he wants to play. He knows his game very well. He has played 80 odd test matches. No one asked his competence or how he played in Australia, ”Rahane said while answering a question from ANI during the virtual press conference.

Indian all-rounder Axar Patel has fully recovered and is now available for selection for the second test.

“Everyone is in the mix, the good thing is that Axar is fit to play. All our spinners are really good and if they get the chance I’m sure they will do really well,” said Rahane.

As Axar is available for selection for the second Test, the All-India Senior Selection Committee on Thursday withdrew Shahbaaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar from the main team and added the duo back to the stand-by group.


England beat India by 227 runs in the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. England’s winning start against India in their ICC World Test Championship series has kept alive the visiting squad’s hopes of making it to the final of the nine-team competition.

The victory at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday lifted England to first place and 70.2 percentage points on the points table, and they improved their chances of securing one of the three series results in their favor, which could help them get through. to the final – 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.

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