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Pujara & Rahane likely to be included for SA tour

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India are set to leave for a full tour of South Africa later this month, and the think tank is expected to include the two underperforming veterans for the tough assignment. The selectors, captain and head coach will be reluctant to test newcomers like Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav in those alien conditions.

 

Ideally, one would want to blood new talent at home and give them as much of a run as one can in familiar conditions before pushing them into sterner tests abroad. Which means one wouldn’t push an Iyer to face Kagiso Rabada and Co. at Wanderers and Newlands so soon, while one still has a few battle-hardened veterans who have had multiple jousts at those fiery venues.

 

It is understood that the Board is also veering towards the same view, and it also ties in with the support the two have been getting from the team management in public recently.

 

A day before the Mumbai Test, Kohli, without naming any individual, said that the management would continue to back those it has been backing for years now, even if it had to make temporary tweaks for particular combinations.

 

“We have backed the set of players that have done the job for the Indian team the last five-six years,” Kohli said. “We continue to maintain they are the integral part of the larger scheme of things, of the core group of the Indian Test team. They have always been players we have relied upon on many occasions. And they have done the job.

 

https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/pujara-rahane-likely-to-be-included-for-south-africa-tour-despite-run-slump-7653589/

 

:facepalm:

 

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Memory is so short.

 

Only a few months have gone by since absolute rookies like Siraj, Washington, Gill and Shardul, and relatively new players like Pant, were instrumental in India winning at Fortress Gabba against Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon.

 

But full focus has to be on experience in South Africa. !!  Although most of the experienced ones are struggling badly.

 

This is called living in denial.

 

 

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2 hours ago, express bowling said:

Memory is so short.

 

Only a few months have gone by since absolute rookies like Siraj, Washington, Gill and Shardul, and relatively new players like Pant, were instrumental in India winning at Fortress Gabba against Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon.

 

But full focus has to be on experience in South Africa. !!  Although most of the experienced ones are struggling badly.

 

This is called living in denial.

 

 

In the last 2,3 test young players ie Agarwal,Shreyas Iyer,Axar Patel ,Siraj  have played well but they would be the on the chopping board once the senior players returns.

 

The board doesnt have courage to utter the word "drop" but they are given respect and injury is cited reason for them not making the playing 11

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4 hours ago, raki05 said:

Hagane and Gujara are investement which kohli has done in his hay days for bad days. It's time for them to payoff now in kohli bad days ,they will continue their tatti performance to divert all criticism towards them so that wrogn can be kept out of attention.

This same Kohli, when he was in good batting form, was dropping Pujara left and right. Now that he himself is woefully out of form since 2 years, he is the biggest supporter of Pujara and Rahane. 

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Time to be ruthless and forward thinking here. If newcomers will struggle due to condition, take that into consideration when they struggle rather than extending the rope to tried and tested who might not even improve.

 

Drop Pujara & Rahane for Rohit and Rahul. Keep one of Gill/Mayank as opener with Rohit, put Rahul at 1 drop, Kohli at his regular spot, Shreyas where he is now, Saha goes out for Pant, Vihari comes in for Axar/Jayant spot, keep one of Jadeja/Ashwin and then 3 pacers (Bumrah, Siraj and Shami seems to ahead here).

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