Ajinkya Rahane gets defended by Ravi Shastri, omission from first two Tests

Vice-captain Rahane, one of the most successful Indian batsmen overseas in recent years, was not picked for the Tests in Cape Town and Centurion, with the Indian team management preferring to go with limited-overs specialist Sharma on “current form”.
But Sharma’s failure to live upto the expectations and the Indian batting’s inability to stand upto the South African pace attack in the preceding matches attracted widespread criticism, forcing the management to rethink about Rahane.
By chance, if in yesterday and today’s practice sessions at the Wanderers were any indication, there is a possibility of Rahane’s return to the playing XI for the inconsequential third Test starting here on Wednesday.


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