Veteran Indian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are probably having the worst patch in their international career right now and have failed series after series despite getting multiple chances. Both of them have hit a 50 odd innings here and there but have not been consistent at all. This is why their position in the Indian team looks very gloomy right now.
With young performers like Shreyas Iyer and Surya Kumar Yadav waiting to grab those opportunities, the South Africa Tests could be the last of Rahane and Pujara for time being.
Former Indian skipper and legend Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that both of the batsmen will be dropped from the Indian squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
“I think that not just Ajinkya Rahane (will be out of the team). Shreyas Iyer got an opportunity in the Test series against New Zealand and he scored a well-crafted century. He scored decent runs throughout the series, so I believe there will be two vacant places in the XI,” Sunil Gavaskar said on air.
“I think both Pujara and Rahane will be dropped from the team for the Sri Lanka series. Iyer and Vihari will both play. We’ll have to see who plays at no.3. Hanuma Vihari may take Pujara’s place and Shreyas Iyer could be no.5 in place of Rahane, but we will have to see. Nevertheless, I think there will certainly be two spots up for grabs against Sri Lanka,” Gavaskar concluded.