Should Virat Kohli Replace Ajinkya Rahane in India’s Playing XI During 3rd Test at Cape Town? Harbhajan Singh Answers

IND vs SA: Senior Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons it would be unfair to drop Rahane to make way for Kohli. 

Updated: January 9, 2022 10:34 AM IST

By India.com Sports Desk | Edited by Ankit Banerjee

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Cape Town: Under-fire Ajinkya Rahane – who was dismissed for a duck in the first innings – got among the runs in the second essay at Johannesburg and now, with the regular captain, Virat Kohli set to return – will the former face the axe? Senior Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons it would be unfair to drop Rahane to make way for Kohli.

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While speaking on his YouTube channel, Harbhajan said: “The good thing that happened in the Johannesburg Test was that runs came from Ajinkya Rahane’s bat in the second innings. I hope Ajinkya Rahane is given another chance in Cape Town. It should not happen that Virat Kohli comes in and Ajinkya Rahane is made to sit out.”

After leading the side to a famous win at Centurion in the first Test, Kohli had to sit out for the next because of an upper-back spasm. Eyes would be on Kohli as he has not been at his best with the bat in recent times.
Harbhajan also said that he hoped that Rahane could convert one of his fifties into a hundred as that would give him a lot of confidence going ahead. Harbhajan added: “I will want Rahane to score runs, to convert the fifty to a hundred, so that his confidence will be better for the upcoming series. The sword is hanging over the necks of Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara. So, it felt good that both of them scored runs and batted with responsibility.”
India would know that they would need a win to create history. The Indian side has never won a Test series on South African soil and fans along with plaudits feel this is their best shot of changing that.

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Published Date: January 9, 2022 10:31 AM IST

Updated Date: January 9, 2022 10:34 AM IST