Will Pujara and Rahane’s Test career be over? Played a century against Australia, both flopped in South Africa


Of the six innings of the three Tests played against South Africa, only the fourth was worth watching. When both the players took the responsibility and played important innings. The Indian team collapsed on the cards after the dismissals of Pujara and Rahane in the Johannesburg Test.

Cape Town. Senior players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane once again did not bat in the third and deciding Test match being played between India and South Africa. In such a situation, there is hardly any selection of these two players in the upcoming Test series. Both the senior players, who have raised the Indian team from difficult situations many times, are running very badly. With the return of skipper Virat Kohli from the Australia tour, the responsibility of the Test has fallen on senior player Rahane’s shoulders and everyone saw how he hoisted the tricolor at the Gabba on the strength of his strategy.

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How was the tour of South Africa

Of the six innings of the three Tests played against South Africa, only the fourth was worth watching. When both the players took the responsibility and played important innings. Despite this, the Indian team had to face defeat badly in the Johannesburg Test. After the dismissal of Pujara and Rahane in this match, the Indian team collapsed on the side of the cards. Only all-rounder Hanuma Bihari remained at one end. In the fourth innings of the second Test, Pujara-Rahane shared a 111-run partnership for the third wicket. In which both were seen playing with a fast run-rate. While Pujara scored 53 runs in 86 balls, Rahane had scored 56 runs in 76 balls.

Unable to play century innings

Both Pujara and Rahane had scored their last Test century against Australia. While Pujara had his last century in Sydney on January 3, 2019, Rahane scored a century on December 26, 2020 in Melbourne. After this, minor innings have been seen many times with both the bats. Talking about Rahane’s career, he has scored 4931 runs in 140 innings of 82 Tests at an average of 38.52. During this, he has scored 12 centuries and 25 half-centuries. At the same time, Pujara has added 6713 runs in 162 innings of 95 Tests at an average of 43.88. During this, he has scored 3 double centuries, 18 centuries and 32 half-centuries.

Captain Kohli supported

Speaking to media persons ahead of the Cape Town Test, skipper Kohli had said that if you look at the last Test itself, the way Rahane and Pujara batted in the second innings, that experience is priceless for us. Especially in a series like this where we know these players have played their part well in the past. Kohli had said that these players did well last time in Australia. He played important innings in tough conditions in the last Test and that’s a big deal.

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Vihari and Iyer are sitting on the bench

Former Indian team legend Gautam Gambhir feels that the team management should give Hanuma Vihari a chance. He had recently advocated the inclusion of Hanuma Vihari in the team. Let us tell you that in the Johannesburg Test, Hanuma Vihari captivated everyone with his controlled innings. Apart from this, Shreyas Iyer, who made his Test debut against New Zealand, is also waiting for his turn. He batted brilliantly in both the innings of the Kanpur Test. He scored 105 runs in the first innings and 65 important runs in the second innings. Despite this, the Kanpur Test was drawn, yet Shreyas Iyer was chosen as the hero.