Mumbai Indians feel Ajinkya Rahane’s slip fielding will be crucial for India in 2nd innings
Updated - Feb 9, 2017 5:39 pm
Team India is currently playing the one-off Test against Bangladesh and as expected Ajinkya Rahane has made a return to the playing XI after recovering from the finger injury which he sustained during the Test series against England. Despite scoring a stupendous triple century in his previous Test, Karun Nair was left out in favour of Rahane as the Karnataka lad became the only batsman in Test history to be left out after scoring a triple century in his previous innings.
Ahead of the Test, there were speculations that the Indian team management might stick with Karun Nair but Indian captain Virat Kohli made it pretty clear that one innings is not enough to compensate for the continuous hard work Rahane has put in for the last couple of ears.The Mumbaikar has been one of the most consistent batsmen for India over the past couple of years and has scored runs in difficult conditions like Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand.
IPL franchise Mumbai Indians saw a lighter side of it and took to their twitter handle to express their opinion. Though their statement was in favour of Virat Kohli’s decision to play Rahane but their reason behind his selection was pretty surprising. They wrote, “The experience of A. Rahane edges past K. Nair’s form! On a wicket that will turn later, a good slip fielder is vital, right?
While we all know that Rahane is a terrific slip fielder but his main role in the team is to score runs and he has been solely included on the basis of his batting. Rahane in the slips will be vital without a doubt but his batting remains the X factor in his game.
After winning the toss, Virat Kohli elected to bat. After losing Lokesh Rahul in the opening over of the match, the hosts batted pretty sensibly with Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay looking in good nick. Virat Kohli has just come out to the crease after the fall of Pujara’s wicket on 83 and will to consolidate on a strong position.
The experience of A. Rahane edges past K. Nair's form! On a wicket that will turn later, a good slip fielder is vital, right? #INDvBAN
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 9, 2017