Ajinkya Rahane’s innings started with a banging boundary on Sunday in the first Test against South Africa being played at Centurion. The start of his innings was a comeback for Rahane at his best and impressive performance as he batted under immense pressure with question marks in his place in the Indian Test XI.
By the time the opening day game is over. Rahane had hit eight fours out of his total 40. On Tuesday, he added another boundary to his innings and got one to get caught off Lungi Ngidi, thus ending a promising innings on a disappointing note.
Analyzing his performance on the third day, former India all-rounder and batting coach Sanjay Bangar admitted that Rahane was “a bit awkward” and “threatened”.
“He (Rahane) was a bit cynical in the beginning too. He was bowling the ball, the boundary he found on the ball before he was dismissed was where he threw his hand and it flew through the point area. He was playing with danger by playing such a shot,” said Sanjay Bangar star sports,
“Most of the time, when you want to punch the ball like that with the back foot, you want to strike the ball around hip length, but it was closer to shoulder length. And that’s where it gets to the back of the ball. Instead, he should have thought of leaving.”
Rahane fell for 48, just two short of his 25th Test fifty. His dismissal came in the midst of a surprise collapse for India, which went 278/3 to 327-all out in their first innings.