New Delhi: The second match of the 5-match Test series between India and England (IND vs ENG) is being played at the historic ground of Lord’s. So far in this Test series, where one player has strengthened himself in the team by performing strong against the team, there are two veteran players who are not looking in the rhythm at all. His poor form is a matter of concern for the entire team.
Time for Pujara and Rahane is over?
These two players are none other than Team India’s most legendary batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Rahane and Pujara have been battling poor form for a long time. The last time both these players were able to show a good game during the Australian series, since then both are having a bad time. In the final of the World Test Championship, there was a lot of hope from these two batsmen, but both could not do anything special. Pujara could not even cross the score of 20 in both the innings.
Same story against England
After the final of the World Test Championship, it was expected that now these two batsmen will once again get into the rhythm, but still there is no difference in the story. In the first innings of the first Test match of this series, Pujara scored 4, while Rahane scored only 5 runs. During the second innings, the match was stopped due to rain. Now in the second Test being played at Lord’s, where every single batsman was doing amazing, Pujara and Rahane’s batting remained poor. Pujara 9 and Rahane got out after scoring just 1 run.
Virat Kohli’s big tension
Captain Virat Kohli will be most worried about the poor form of Pujara and Rahane. It is a big deal for the two most experienced players in the team’s middle order to deal with poor form. In the coming matches, Virat can give chance to other players even if he does not want to. The biggest contender to replace Pujara is Suryakumar Yadav. Surya has done well for India in T20s and ODIs and is ready to show his mettle in Test cricket. Hanuma Vihari can be given in place of Rahane. Vihari has done well in the middle order and soon he can be seen once again in the team.