Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane hit attacking fifties in Johannesburg© AFP
Former India opener Aakash Chopra heaped reward on Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. The veteran batters hit attacking half-centuries on Day 3 of the second Take a look at match towards South Africa on the Wanderers in Johannesburg to present India respiratory house of their second innings. Each Rahane and Pujara, beneath fireplace for his or her extended lean patch in Take a look at cricket, got here out to bat on Wednesday with a variety of positivity and scored at greater than 5 runs per over within the first hour. Pujara was the primary to get to his fifty adopted by Rahane. The duo stitched a 111-run stand for the third wicket earlier than Kagiso Rabada dismissed each of them in fast succession. Rahane was the primary to go for 58 when he edged one after which Pujara was trapped LBW for 53.
Chopra stated Pujara and Rahane are gamers of “pedigree” and that is why it is very important “make investments” in skilled gamers like them.
“That is why you spend money on expertise. These are gamers of pedigree. Pujara and Rahane got here again with a really optimistic intent,” Chopra stated within the post-lunch present on Star Sports activities.
The previous opener stated Pujara can be higher off attempting to attain runs as that has as a rule introduced success for the right-hander
“Should you return to the final yr or two, you can see that in all the nice innings that Pujara has performed there was one widespread issue and that’s he has seemed for runs. He has simply gone out attempting to react to the ball. If you find yourself going by a foul patch, it is simpler stated than finished. However once in a while you have simply acquired to remind your self that I am in all probability specializing in too elements as an alternative of simply reacting to the ball. Final innings of this Take a look at, you already know there isn’t any Virat Kohli, the openers have not given you the beginning that you’ve got all the time acquired and if we do not do properly right here… Neglect about your self, take into consideration the group and that’s the place you get again into the groove, you discover your mojo,” he added.
Chopra hoped that now Rahand and Pujara will not be taking part in to avoid wasting their careers and as an alternative make a variety of runs for India.
“Similar for Rahane. Hopefully, we’ll be speaking in regards to the runs that they’ve scored and never that there are careers are on the road or handing by a skinny thread as a result of it is not good for individuals who have performed a lot cricket,” he stated.
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