India is engaged in a five-match Test series with England, which is now tied at 1-1. However, there have been a few players in the Indian batting line-up who have been unable to get going for quite some time, and former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer has named one of them.
Jaffer voiced his displeasure with India’s Test substitute Ajinkya Rahane, describing him as a “disappointment” in the series thus far.
It should be highlighted that Rahane has yet to rise to the occasion and has struggled to score key runs. He has a total of 95 runs in three Tests so far, and Jaffer has criticised him for getting dismissed softly. Because he has routinely performed well on the away tours, a lot is expected of him in this high-profile series.
“Ajinkya Rahane has been a disappointment. You know, he’s been getting out through soft dismissals, mostly caught behind. A player of his quality shouldn’t do that because the batting line-up depends a lot on him.
“He needs to fire if he gets another Test. On away tours, he’s been a very consistent player, he’s put up huge scores in Australia, England, and South Africa. He needs to fire because the nets two Tests are very, very vital,” said Jaffer on his YouTube Channel.
Opinions on other players
In addition, Jaffer expressed his thoughts on Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara. Sharma has looked set so far, according to the veteran cricketer, and even batted effectively in the Leeds Test, where he was just unlucky.
Pujara, on the other hand, regained his lost form at Headingley, batting brilliantly for 91 runs. These two batsmen, according to Jaffer, should keep going in the same direction.
He further said, “Rohit batted really well. He looked set to score a hundred but unfortunately, he got out due to the umpire’s call. Pujara batted magnificently.
“He got out on 91 on the morning of the 4th day but he batted really well till then. He looked in a very positive mindset.”