Ajinkya Rahane last 10 innings: The Indian vice-captain continues to struggle for runs after getting out for another single-digit score.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of England at Lord’s, veteran England pacer James Anderson sent back India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on the first ball that he bowled today.
Bowling the second over of the day, Anderson’s out-swinging delivery was enough for him to dismiss an out-of-form Rahane. Wanting to defend a delivery outside the off-stump, all Rahane did was edged the ball to England captain Joe Root at first slip.
Anderson, who had dismissed Rohit Sharma (83) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) on Day 1, seems to have developed a knack of dismissing senior Indian batsmen in the series.
With India losing opening batsman Lokesh Rahul (129) on the second delivery of the day against Ollie Robinson, Rahane’s wicket has put them in a spot of bother.
Ajinkya Rahane last 10 innings
The 33-year old batsman departed after scoring 1 (23) to register another low score at the highest level. Rahane, who has scored a match-winning century against Australia in Melbourne last year, has entered a rut since then.
Since the start of 2021, Rahane has scored 269 runs in 14 innings at a paltry average of 19.21. As far as his last 10 Test innings are concerned, Rahane’s 182 runs have come at an average of 18.20 including a lone half-century. For a batsman of his potential and experience, these numbers are doubtlessly disappointing for the highest level.
Twitter reactions on Ajinkya Rahane:
What a start to the day! 🙌
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 13, 2021
Rahane is a baffling batter to understand. Gets a match defining hundred when you least expect it, and then just goes completely missing. Fair to say you’d expect a lot more from someone who has played 75+ Tests. #ENGvIND
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) August 13, 2021
Indian cricket loves Pujara and Rahane. But this blowing hot & cold is starting to hurt any advantageous position the openers provide.
Add to it Virat Kohli’s uncertain form. A change is coming soon. You can just see it. #EngvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) August 13, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane 1(23) really needs a big score soon to get his confidence back. He has been India’s most reliable batsman with top knocks: case in point a ton at MCG in 2020 & a fine match-winning century at Lord’s in 2014. Has averaged only 26 in 22 Test innings since 2020
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) August 13, 2021
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