Published on: November 29, 2021
The head coach of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid, admitted that management wants veteran mid-level batsman Ajinkya Rahane to score more points. At the same time, he asserted that, just like Cheteshwar Pujara at the beginning of the Kanpur test, Rahane is only one game away from regaining his form.
With Virat Kohli resting during the first test, Rahane was appointed captain. However, he did not perform well in another game, scoring only 35 and 4. In contrast, the debut Shreyas Iyer scored 105 and 65. Although Iyer was named the best candidate for the game due to his outstanding batting effort, India failed to win the test due to New Zealand’s persistence. Despite losing nine wickets, it was still a draw.
In the post-match meeting, Dravid was asked about the million-dollar question of Indian cricket. Is he worried about Rahane’s form. The coach replied: “I mean you don’t have to worry about it. Of course, you want Aginka to have more moves, and he wants to score more.”
The Indian coach supported Rahane in overcoming his poor stretched form and added: “He is a good player and he has done a good job for India in the past. He is one of those people with quality and experience. He wants to turn the situation around is a game issue, he knows this, and we know it.”
India will face a huge selection problem in the second test in Mumbai, and Kohli will return to lead the team. Someone will have to free up a hitting spot. After his incredible test debut, will India give up on the debut of Shreyas Iyer? Dravid replied: “Listen, we haven’t decided what our XI will be. It’s too early. At least, today our focus is on this game. When we go to Mumbai, we will evaluate the situation. And check people’s health. Virat Kohli will join us, so we must also discuss with him and then make a decision.”
However, Dravid praised Iyer for his excellent performance in the first test. The 26-year-old became the first Indian rookie to score 150 points in the first game, making history. The former Indian captain praised Ayer and said: “It’s great to see the young people perform well in their debut. We have also seen one or two players in T20, and they have made very good evaluations of themselves.
“A young kid performed well in the first test in India. This is not only a good reflection of that person (player), but also a good reflection of the system. In fact, we are not only able to develop India A, and he also played club cricket for Mumbai,” he added.