“There were doubts about his selection”: Former India starter questions decision to name Rahane captain against New Zealand | Cricket

“There were doubts about his selection”: Former India starter questions decision to name Rahane captain against New Zealand |  Cricket

BCCI appointed Rahane skipper for the first test against New Zealand, while regular captain Virat Kohli will return to his role from the second test.

Former Indian starter Aakash Chopra on Saturday questioned the decision to name Ajinkya Rahane captain for the first Test against New Zealand at home, admitting that his place on the team was in itself a big question ahead of the announcement for the team.

The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) appointed Rahane as skipper for the first Test on Friday, while regular captain Virat Kohli will return to his role from the second Test. Rohit Sharma, who was recently appointed as the new skipper of the T20I, was in contention for the captaincy in the first round, but the veteran has been rested throughout the series.

While he admitted he likes Rahane the hitter, his test average has dropped in the past two years amid some good shots, including that century in Melbourne last December.

“You have chosen Ajinkya Rahane as captain. But the truth is also that, let’s be honest, there was a question as to whether he would be selected for the last test against England if the match had happened,” he said on his YouTube channel.

“As much as I like Ajinkya Rahane, the fact is that the average has seen itself drop by itself. There has been a good hit in the middle, sure, but the average has dropped 20 points in the last two years. Rahane’s average has never it has gone so low. “

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The veteran cricketer feels that although his Lord’s half century saved him from falling, the New Zealand series will be important to his career and he will have to score runs to maintain his place on the team.

“If I hadn’t done half a century at Lord’s, the association with Pujara in the second inning, would have been one more point of contention if you had to find a replacement for Ajju as well. If Rohit Sharma will be the vice” Captain and Ajinkya could be notified. But right now, he has been named captain, “he said.

“It is a very important series for Rahane. He is there as captain, but he will have to score runs because there is pressure. The last year has been really ordinary by his standards, from any point of view really.”

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