Rahane played the worst innings of his life: Harbhajan
India’s out-of-favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at Ajinkya Rahane for playing the worst knock of his cricketing career. Rahane’s performance against New Zealand was far from pleasing as he couldn’t switch to the next gear.
Harbhajan Singh who witnessed Rahane’s gameplay at the commentary panel said that Rahane played like a lower-order batsman because of his inability to tackle the short balls. Usually, when it comes to overseas conditions, Rahane always dictates the tempo but this time, he failed to up the ante.
Having consumed as many as 43 deliveries, Rahane was able to score just nine runs in the second innings. Rahane’s dismissal added much more pressure on Team India as they already lost six wickets with three more days to play.
Team India have plenty of time in hand but don’t have wickets to boast their development. They are leading 97 runs. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he bagged three to his name while Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme and Nei Wagner picked one apiece.
New Zealand will be looking forward to restricting India to a low score such that they can easily chase down the target and whitewash the visitors in the Test series. On the other hand, there is still hope for India to stretch the lead with the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant at the crease.
Ravindra Jadeja is also yet to bat for the team. If India manage to add 150 more runs, then there is a possibility that they may crack the code in the second and final Test in Christchurch.