Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar made stern comments about senior batters, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, asserting that the duo has one last chance in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test to save their careers.
Pujara and Rahane endured miserable failures on Day 1 of the second Test against South Africa. Pujara fell after playing a 33-ball 3 while Rahane was dismissed on his very first delivery, which happened to be his first-ever golden duck in his Test career.
“After those two dismissals one can say that they probably have just the next innings, both Pujara and Rahane, to save their Test careers,” Gavaskar mentioned on-air following the dismissals in the first session.
“There have been questions asked about their place in the team” – Sunil Gavaskar
Both of them haven’t scored a century in the last year and have also performed poorly in home conditions. With the talent pool at India’s disposal, it is only a matter of time before they lose their place in the side.
“There have been questions asked about their place in the team and now with these two dismissals, they have just one innings left. If there is another innings and the way India is going, it looks like there will be another for them to score something and maybe keep their place in the team,” Gavaskar mentioned.
While Hanuma Vihari has been the next batter in the pecking order for quite a while, Shreyas Iyer has also put his hat into the ring following an impressive debut series against New Zealand.