Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha feels senior batters Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara want to search out options after each gamers did not conjure a lot within the first innings of the primary Test towards New Zealand on the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. Both Pujara and Rahane began off effectively however did not get a giant rating towards a gutsy New Zealand bowling line-up. While Pujara edged one to the keeper off a Tim Southee supply, Rahane was overwhelmed by Kyle Jamieson’s tempo and bounce, chopping one onto the stumps.
During a discussion on Cricbuzz, Ojha analysed the sample of Pujara and Rahane’s dismissals.
“As we know, Pujara tends to struggle against the in-swinging delivery. He has been dismissed LBW on many occasions. So, to compensate for that, he is trying to play a bit close but that has not helped him. Now, he is getting dismissed by giving outside edges,” stated Ojha.
The former Indian cricketer additionally lauded the New Zealand crew for his or her compact discipline placements, not permitting Indian batters to take singles, and forcing them to make errors.
“If you look at the field placement, most of the players are inside the circle as they don’t want India to take singles. They want them to score runs through the square-leg region, but the bowlers are trying to bowl as straight as possible to get an edge or lbw,” he added.
Pragyan Ojha signed off by saying that Pujara and Rahane have to rectify their errors as each are standing at a important level of their respective careers.
“They (Pujara and Rahane) are standing at a difficult point in their career. They have to find solutions. If they continue to get dismissed in the same pattern, things might get even trickier in the future,” he concluded.
India received the toss and the stand-in skipper Rahane determined to bat first towards New Zealand within the first Test.
Shubman Gill gave India an honest begin after Mayank Agarwal did not conjure a lot on Day 1. Gill went on to smash an excellent 53 earlier than being castled by Jamieson.
At tea, India had been 154/four with debutant Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja within the center. For the Kiwis, Jamieson was the decide of the bowlers with three dismissals to his identify.
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