Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been under a lot of criticism after India’s defeat in the final of the World Test Championship. Meanwhile, former Indian wicketkeeper batsman Deep Dasgupta has given a big statement about him. Actually, Gupta says that now Rahane’s batting is no longer a thing of the past.
Deep Das Gupta said that Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Indian Test team, is no longer the player he was five-six years ago and used to score centuries at the Wankhede Stadium. Rahane did not make much impact in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand. His 49 and 15 runs in that match were not enough to save India from an eight-wicket defeat.
With a five-Test series against hosts England in August-September, there is a debate on whether Hanuma Vihari will be replaced in the middle order.
Deep Das Gupta said on his YouTube channel, I don’t think Rahane is the same player he was in 2015-16. Rahane of that time was unbelievable. He was one such player whom I saw playing for Mumbai. Wankhede pitch was damp on the first morning, there was grass in the pitch and it was a nightmare to bat there in those days. But Rahane scored more than 4000-4500 runs there before playing for India. Mainly batting at No. It was a wonderful feat.