Rahane throws weight behind Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s No.3 in Tests, was highly criticised following his slow tempo in the first Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, as he made 22 runs from 123 balls.
Just like Pujara, India too never got going in the match, and eventually suffered a humiliating 10-wicket loss, which marked their first defeat in the ongoing World Test Championship.
With the two teams set to lock horns with each other for the second Test in Christchurch beginning Saturday, India vice captain Ajinkya Rahana has thrown his weigh behind Pujara, saying the 32-year-old experienced campaigner did not get stuck, rather was trying to score runs in Wellington.
Instead of being critical of Pujara’s batting, Rahana credited the New Zealand bowlers for the way they bowled throughout the match to never let the Indian batsmen spread their wings.
“I thought personally New Zealand bowled very well in the first match. Pujara did not get stuck according to me. He was trying to score runs. All their bowlers did not bowl any loose deliveries,” said Rahane on Thursday ahead of the second Test.
“It can happen, any batsman can go through this phase. Everyone’s game is completely different. As a team, we have to figure out how we actually play in the middle,” added Rahane.
Rahane also praised the Indian bowlers, though Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took just two wickets amongst themselves.
“Ishant bowled very well. Shami and Bumrah have been consistent. It was just this game. We have to adapt to the conditions. I am sure they will adapt. We do not have any doubts about Bumrah and Shami. If we bat first here, we have to play really well in the first session. Having a clear mind and intent will help us.”