Former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar can not fathom the way vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane played in the second innings of the second Test match against New Zealand. Rahane and Pujara were peppered with short stuff by the New Zealand fast bowlers and playing defensively was the need of the hour. However, Rahane decided to bail himself out of trouble and decided to play aggressively.
The Indian vice-captain played a bad shot as he could not gauge the bounce of Neil Wagner’s bouncer. The right-hander played back on to his stumps and it was one of the worst shots he will play in his entire Test career. It was not expected from the experienced campaigner as the team was already on the backfoot. In fact, Cheteshwar Pujara had played a similar uncharacteristic shot in the first innings as he went for the pull.
It was a horrible shot from Rahane.
Rahane could only score 91 runs in the four innings of the series as his performance was not up to the mark. Subsequently, India also lost the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara and they were under the cosh.
‘I am surprised to see Ajinkya Rahane play the way that he did. He was playing into the trap that New Zealand had set for him. All the field positions were also indicative of the fact that they will pepper him with short stuff. The need of the hour was to be defensive. He should have let a few balls go or duck under a few short balls. You expect a player with such high experience to show more application. I am sure Rahane will be very disappointed with his innings,’ said Bangar during the post-match show.
Indian batsmen let the team down.
It was a disappointing performance from not only from Ajinkya Rahane but also from the rest of the Indian batsmen. Virat Kohli, India’s best batsman had a horrible series with the bat as he could only manage 38 runs in the series at an average of 9.50. Furthermore, Mayank Agarwal top-scored for India with 102 runs in the four innings, which pretty much sums up the series for the visitors.
India lost the second Test match by seven wickets and they were not able to put up a fight. But, the temperament, resistance and the gumption which was needed to stay in the contest were not shown by the Indian batsmen. Instead, they choose to bail themselves out of trouble rather than trying to put up a fight.