India-South Africa In the second Test match being played between (IND vs SA), Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara had a century partnership to strengthen Team India’s second innings. This innings was played by the batsmen at a time when the Indian team needed a big partnership and the team needed a scoreboard. Due to the half-century innings of these two, Team India could set a target of 240 runs for victory in front of Africa.
However, before this both the batsmen have been consistently out of form, due to which both have often been criticized. Even the demand to drop him from the playing XI has been rising. It has also been claimed that the management can give opportunities to other players in view of the poor performance of both. But, again in the second innings of the Johannesburg match, both the batsmen proved themselves in difficult situations.
In such a situation, the question arises whether now again both of them have confirmed their place in the last eleven. If this happens, then the career of 2 players can get a setback. In this article, we are going to talk about the same two batsmen whose career can end because of Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara.
In this list, we first talk about Hanuma Vihari who is being given a place in the Test team but is not getting a chance in the playing XI. In the year 2021, he was given a chance in the Sydney Test only on the tour of Australia. After this, he was included in Johannesburg when captain Virat Kohli could not be a part of the Test due to injury and Iyer health problems.
So far Hanuma Vihari’s Test career is seen, in most of the matches he has been used as a second option only as a replacement. When a main batsman has a problem like injury, only then he gets a chance in the playing XI. That is, Hanuma Vihari was never the management’s first choice as a batsman. Even when there was talk of their comeback on the poor performance of Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both of them kept saving their place by playing a great innings. Which is affecting the careers of other batsmen who really deserve in the playing XI.
We are saying this also because last year when there was a demand to drop Rahane, he had cemented his place in the Lord’s Test by playing a match-saving innings of 60 runs. After this, he continues to remain in the team even after the flop performance. Even now when it came to dropping him on the tour of South Africa, he proved himself by playing an innings of 58 runs in Johannesburg. In such a situation, it can be said that this match-saving innings of his can end Hanuma Vihari’s career.
The second big name in this list comes from Shreyas Iyer, whose Test career is still on the verge of taking off. But, for this, he is looking for an opportunity, which he has not yet got on the South Africa tour. In Johannesburg, he was expected to play in place of Ajinkya Rahane or Pujara, but due to stomach trouble, this opportunity could not be found. He was ignored by the management in the Centurion Test as well.
Iyer proved himself in the home Test against New Zealand by scoring a century on debut. In such a situation, now he needs constant opportunities, which is not seen possible with Rahane and Pujara. Both the batsmen have managed to cement their place with one of their best innings. This is the reason why youths are not getting the opportunity.
For the last several innings, runs were not coming off the bat of both the players. But, the way both of them have proved themselves in the second Test against Africa, it seems that their match-saving innings can prove to be an eclipse for Shreyas Iyer’s Test career.