India in England 2014 August 28, 2014

Rahane must shake off 'soft' tag

With India in trouble against the new ball in Cardiff, India's No.4 played an important role in steadying the innings but, not for the first time, fell with his job only half done
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Rahane fails to cash in on start and is stumped for 41 in second ODI at Cardiff

Ajinkya Rahane brings with him a certain calm to the wicket. In the second ODI, in Cardiff, India were still in a bit of a free-fall when Rahane's turn to bat arrived. Shikhar Dhawan had edged outside off, an anxious-to-dictate Virat Kohli had got out for a duck, and Rohit Sharma - 6 off 21 at the time - was struggling. James Anderson got an extended spell, Rohit played some desperate shots and got away with them, but calmly and without anyone noticing it was Rahane who provided India some momentum. He didn't feel the need to dance down the wicket to cover movement or hit out, he found singles easily, and reached 40 at nearly a run a ball.

This is when Aakash Chopra tweeted: "Rahane has reached that stage in ODI when he's been guilty of throwing it away...hope he changes it today. Get a big one...a really big one!"

Five minutes later, Rahane played a forward-defensive to the offspin of James Tredwell. From round the wicket the ball went with the angle and beat the outside edge, which is fair enough, but Rahane had let his back foot drag out of the crease. That is soft for a good player of spin. Not for the first time in his ODI career had Rahane looked good. Not for the first time he threw it away. The consequence is an average of 26, which is not good enough for a top-four batsman. It also means he is not batting long enough to score the quick late runs, which reflects in a career strike rate of 73.

Tweeted Chopra: "'Looks brilliant till he plays a lazy shot'--Rahane's ODI career so far. Not fulfilling his potential. Disappointing."

Chopra speaks for everyone who has followed Rahane's career keenly. It began on the horror England tour of 2011. He was one of the few bright spots of a grim winless trip for India. He has moved down the order since then but all of his 31 innings have been played inside the top four. He has never stayed unbeaten. He has made starts every second innings - 16 of his 31 innings have been 20 or more. Only three of those starts have gone past 60.

Over the last three years, since Rahane's debut, his rate of failure of converting starts into really big innings is the highest. Thirteen of his 16 innings over 20 have ended under 60. Corresponding numbers for Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez and Ian Bell are 29 out of 38, 23 out of 32 and 19 out of 28. The really good players over the period have been in another sphere. Of the 41 times Kumar Sangakkara has crossed 20, he has been dismissed for under 60 only 20 times, Virat Kohli 16 out of 34 times. Rahane will want to get away from Bell and Hafeez, and closer to Kohli and Sangakkara.

What frustrates Chopra and others is that Rahane gets out softly. There are two kinds of soft dismissals. One to a poor ball that does not deserve a wicket. These are usually freak occurrences. Rahane is not falling too often to those. Then there are those small errors of judgements that you do not expect of a batsman who has got himself in. Least of all a Mumbai batsman. Rahane is as Mumbai as they come. Middle-class Marathi boy lugging his bags in trains to get a hit, surely Rahane knows to put a heavy price on his wicket? It shows at the start of his innings, but somewhere in the middle the concentration dips.

The worrying aspect is that this tendency to throw away starts is not limited to ODI cricket, even though Rahane has scored two centuries in his 19 Test innings to date. During India's disastrous downturn in the Tests, Rahane was one of the batsmen who did not look out of form or out of sorts. Yet he kept finding out ways to get out.

Since his Lord's century, he had scores of 54, 52 not out, 24, 1, 0 and 4. That 24, at Old Trafford, when he had weathered the storm on the first morning, once again bringing some calm to the Indian dressing room, will rankle, for he fell to a loose drive - by the standards of the situation and the conditions - minutes before lunch. India had nearly turned 8 for 4 into 62 for 4, but that wicket just before lunch punctured the comeback.

Tests will give Rahane more time, but the ODIs, and the World Cup, are almost here and now. MS Dhoni has always said he wants his team to have had the experience of various pressure situations that arise in ODIs before they go into the World Cup. He has always aimed at giving them at least 75-80 caps each before the big event. It will not be possible with Rahane, who has 31 right now, and has two-and-a-half series between now and the World Cup.

Yet Rahane has shown enough promise to have become a solid contender. Now he wouldn't want to carry this big-score bogey with him to the World Cup.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • himanshu.team on August 29, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    I think the article is spot on. Rahane does the tough job of weathering the storm early on really well. His technique looks solid, he looks confident, is almost never ruffled by swing, pace bounce or spin. Therefore when he gets out it always look like 'against the run of play'. If Rahane has to grow from a good player to a great player, he needs to make those starts count. I am not worried about him too much though. There have been examples of great players who had the same problem early on in their careers. With Shastri and Dravid in the dressing room and greats like Sachin back home, he will get the right kind of advice to overcome this problem and once he does, he will be the next wall of Indian batting.

  • on August 29, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Give the guy a break! Hardly put a foot wrong. Seems highly critical of a top class player.

  • Aravind_Verified on August 29, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Rahane already proved he is there to stay..he is going to be the best ever no.5 batsman for India..every runs scored by him in test cricket is hard earned..he proved he can bat with tailenders and scored tough runs..he already played more match winning innings than kohi..it is just a matter of time he flourishes in ODI cricket

  • Amarjitmadan on August 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    The way Rahane got out was almost a replica of Sachin getting out against Sri Lanka in WC 1995 at Calcutta when he was in complete control of the game and Lankan's were worried lot. I feel Rahane has started playing better and will improve by the day, look at others how confident they were? Let us give credit where it is due, speaking from a distance and being there facing the music are quite different. He in way was rash or careless and if you ask me he should have been given not out. There is nothing like benefit of doubt to batsman practically left when it is referred to the third umpire. Why his views of replays not be limited to an x number of times say 3 or 4.and takes a decision. Going ideology of MSD of 75 to 80 caps is hilarious and quite cowardly,if airman Khan had followed the greatest amongst the Greats Wasim Akram would have missed some world cups.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    For India to succeed they need to reawaken Virat Kohli. Send him for a stint with Pravin AMRE. We have heard how Indian batsman have succeeded in AMRE's hands. In fact BCCI should employ this guy full time - he is one of the best batting coaches around.

  • Go_F.Alonso on August 29, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Rahane normally gets a lot of praise for his solid technique and calmness, which I totally agree with. I must say though his hitting is also awesome to watch which is complemented by his fantastic sense of timing. Hope he lives upto his potential. The game needs great players to emerge in every team around the world.

  • on August 29, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Okay, what about Rohit Sharma..?? Rahane just played 31 ODI innings; and in case of Rohit, it's more than 150+ innings till now.. And still, he is satisfying the Rahane criterias..!! what about him then..??

  • on August 29, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Rahane is a good touch player, who cant flex his muscles anytime, even in 2020. no big slashes or powerful square cuts or lofts, result of the selection bcos of Ranji format. My personal view, keeping the WC in perspective, better to try out new batsman and check out their guts and might, playing a swinging ball, dont mind losing this series either if i get confidence in new batsmen. Find an cold blooded attitude like Sehwag(in his priime), which chills the bowlers to their core.

  • on August 29, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    If only Rahane gets as much chances as Rohit Sharma got!

  • Johnny_129 on August 29, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Rahane can become a fine player. He possesses the technique and temperament to be amongst the likes of Laxman and even Dravid. However, Rahane seems to suffering from a lack of self-belief and confidence to make it big (like he has done in Ranji cricket) when playing at the highest level. If you recall Laxman also struggled for a long period (until his century in Aus) at the start of his career and Dravid scored fifteen 50's before his first century. But those greats always had that hunger and desire to succeed when there was no IPL. Let's see if Rahane shows has that same hunger and desire - Rahane and Pujara can lead India's batting in Test's for years to come. Rohit, Kohli etc will lead the shorter formats.

  • himanshu.team on August 29, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    I think the article is spot on. Rahane does the tough job of weathering the storm early on really well. His technique looks solid, he looks confident, is almost never ruffled by swing, pace bounce or spin. Therefore when he gets out it always look like 'against the run of play'. If Rahane has to grow from a good player to a great player, he needs to make those starts count. I am not worried about him too much though. There have been examples of great players who had the same problem early on in their careers. With Shastri and Dravid in the dressing room and greats like Sachin back home, he will get the right kind of advice to overcome this problem and once he does, he will be the next wall of Indian batting.

  • on August 29, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Give the guy a break! Hardly put a foot wrong. Seems highly critical of a top class player.

  • Aravind_Verified on August 29, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Rahane already proved he is there to stay..he is going to be the best ever no.5 batsman for India..every runs scored by him in test cricket is hard earned..he proved he can bat with tailenders and scored tough runs..he already played more match winning innings than kohi..it is just a matter of time he flourishes in ODI cricket

  • Amarjitmadan on August 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    The way Rahane got out was almost a replica of Sachin getting out against Sri Lanka in WC 1995 at Calcutta when he was in complete control of the game and Lankan's were worried lot. I feel Rahane has started playing better and will improve by the day, look at others how confident they were? Let us give credit where it is due, speaking from a distance and being there facing the music are quite different. He in way was rash or careless and if you ask me he should have been given not out. There is nothing like benefit of doubt to batsman practically left when it is referred to the third umpire. Why his views of replays not be limited to an x number of times say 3 or 4.and takes a decision. Going ideology of MSD of 75 to 80 caps is hilarious and quite cowardly,if airman Khan had followed the greatest amongst the Greats Wasim Akram would have missed some world cups.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    For India to succeed they need to reawaken Virat Kohli. Send him for a stint with Pravin AMRE. We have heard how Indian batsman have succeeded in AMRE's hands. In fact BCCI should employ this guy full time - he is one of the best batting coaches around.

  • Go_F.Alonso on August 29, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Rahane normally gets a lot of praise for his solid technique and calmness, which I totally agree with. I must say though his hitting is also awesome to watch which is complemented by his fantastic sense of timing. Hope he lives upto his potential. The game needs great players to emerge in every team around the world.

  • on August 29, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Okay, what about Rohit Sharma..?? Rahane just played 31 ODI innings; and in case of Rohit, it's more than 150+ innings till now.. And still, he is satisfying the Rahane criterias..!! what about him then..??

  • on August 29, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Rahane is a good touch player, who cant flex his muscles anytime, even in 2020. no big slashes or powerful square cuts or lofts, result of the selection bcos of Ranji format. My personal view, keeping the WC in perspective, better to try out new batsman and check out their guts and might, playing a swinging ball, dont mind losing this series either if i get confidence in new batsmen. Find an cold blooded attitude like Sehwag(in his priime), which chills the bowlers to their core.

  • on August 29, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    If only Rahane gets as much chances as Rohit Sharma got!

  • Johnny_129 on August 29, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Rahane can become a fine player. He possesses the technique and temperament to be amongst the likes of Laxman and even Dravid. However, Rahane seems to suffering from a lack of self-belief and confidence to make it big (like he has done in Ranji cricket) when playing at the highest level. If you recall Laxman also struggled for a long period (until his century in Aus) at the start of his career and Dravid scored fifteen 50's before his first century. But those greats always had that hunger and desire to succeed when there was no IPL. Let's see if Rahane shows has that same hunger and desire - Rahane and Pujara can lead India's batting in Test's for years to come. Rohit, Kohli etc will lead the shorter formats.

  • SudeepSonawane on August 29, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Rahane is work in progress in ODIs. The reasons for his soft dismissals, like giving easy return catches to Moeen Ali in Tests, is that he has repeatedly gone out to bat with Kohli and Pujara back in the pavilion within first ten overs. This puts intense pressure on him. Ask any batsman, even club level, and he will say there is a big difference when you go to bat with your team tottering at 18 for 3 off eight overs and, say 180 for three in 55 overs. How many times did the top four give Rahane and those below him the comfort of a good start. Zero, in the Tests against England. As far ODIs are concerned, Rahane can never evolve into a big hitter like Yuvraj or Dhoni. He will remain a batsman in the classical mould like Dravid. He is certainly not going to tear apart bowlers and return with strike rates of 90 or 100. Accept him as he is, or replace him with powerful hitters.

  • on August 29, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    I dont agree about some comments made by writer. He wrote Rohit played some desperate shots and got away with them. Is it so ? Can anybody define what is desperate shot ? Rohit played superb cover drive & fantastic on drive to the Anderson, who was unplayable fir Indian batsmen in tests. These shots were the classic display of batting. No doubt Rahane is classic batsman but Rahane himself have to proove his greatness. Rohit only replaces Rahane in Jan 13 from ODI opening spot. Against Engkand Rahane had horrible time against Finn & co. From there Rohit averaging nearly 50 playing at opening. And Rahanes numbers are showing different story. Since Jan 13 Rahane scored only four 50 plus scores. 2 against BD & one each against Zimbabwe & Afganistan. These numbers are not going to help anybody to proove greatness. Last SA, NZ ODI tours were horrible for Rahane. Even here after Lords test he looked so relaxed. And about Rohit, full marks to him for handling situation well at Cardif at 19/2

  • on August 29, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    yea fair enough ... rahane is too good a batsman to get out in such fashion and maybe this is where a coach really shows his worth.... where Duncan Fletcher has failed miserably.... let's see if ravi takes a session or two to set rahane back on track

  • ListenToMe on August 29, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Rahane is batting really well even in difficult conditions. So no need to worry about low scores. He is improving steadily. He will reach his peak soon.

  • Rajnish_aggarwal on August 29, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Since chinks of faults of Technique of Virat Kohli has been exposed, it is very important for another batsman to take charge of the slot and who better than Ajinkya Rahane. He seems to be another Tendulkar while batting. His technique is just perfect and he maintains a reasonably high strike rate. He has got almost all the shots from cover drive to straight drive to lofted straight drive to on drives to hook shots to pull shots to square cuts. The only thing he needs is realisation that he is the best Indian batsman and he can do wonders if he is careful enough of not getting out on freak dismissals.

  • on August 29, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    No point blaming the players. It is only Indian Cricket team where same players play Test Matches and One Day matches with same caption.

    One is unable to shake off the habit of playing slowly after 5 Test Matches. Why on earth India does not select quick hitters for the one day Matches and Steady and careful for the Test Matches. In one day matches one can not afford to stand like Rohit Sharma in South Africa. He touched the 21st ball, even that not with great success. Different players for different matches should take the field with direction suitable for that kind of match.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    In tests Rahane and Vijay would be ideal for opening. Rahane is probably one of the only one who has the patience and technique for the openers slot. He has improved quite considerably. His place in the middle in TESTS should go to Manoj Tiwari. Samson and Naman Ohja should also be given a run. BCCI should arrange more A tours for players like these so that they become ready and the selectors know the worth of each player.

  • on August 29, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Raha is batting way too down ? Cant understand why a genuine opener is not given to open a not an opener (read Rohit) is opening ?

  • on August 29, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Rahane is fine, it is a mistake to call him "soft". He wont be too much bothered with these tag-things.....mistakes are bound to happen and Rahane is not someone you needs to point to his mistakes...he would be the first person to know it. He is important for India as he do not come across as one of the many of subcontinent batsman who are more successful on flat tracks like rohit/kohli/Sanga/Hafeez....etc.. it is not bad to score on flat tracks but it is important to score outside sub-continent to make your team win matches....cheers

  • annys on August 29, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Rahane should be made to open with instruction to attack, virat should be given some time off and either of rayudu and samson should be tried at 4.

  • joseyesu on August 29, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    In the current scenarion, it looks there is no competition in Ind ODI. Gambir's lack of runs is giving Dhawan/RSharma an extended opportunity. Yuvraj loss of form gives way to Rahane, but he is still a contender. For the allrounder spot we are going for Jadeja in Aus. Apart from Bhuvi, there is no descent performance from others.

  • karnamgiridhar on August 29, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    rahane reminds me of Rahul dravid in his early years. dravid, as everyone knew came with high expectations. used to play some good shots and get out early, may be for 4-5 ODIs. as an ardent fan, I always prayed, he should get more chance to prove himself. rahane is somewhat like this, he started building belief in all that he can play well in challenging conditions. its time for him to take his average up by playing some long innings for India.

  • akash112001 on August 29, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Virath can be rested for one or two games. Giving more chances to regain his form does collapse his confidence.

  • ratna007 on August 29, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Rahane has potential to play according to situations. Under good mentorship he can become in future Mr. Dependable. Because of his soft dismissals, i am sure he is not considered as big threat to opposition.

  • wake_up_india on August 29, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    All Indian batsmen except Dhoni need to go to technique school to learn the basics of batting against fast bowling. Dhoni can somehow manage without technique and should go to either test match captaincy training school or start preparing for retirement.

  • Sexysteven on August 29, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Rahane I wouldn't worry about the starts he gets overseas in foreign conditions he's doing his job in tough conditions in fact I would have him opening in tests and odis in overseas condition by doing that it would justify him getting starts then getting cos he would be batting in the toughest conditions against the new ball and if he does that then that sets agood base for the likes of kohli to profit from rahanes hardwork later on so the criticism of rahane is abit unfair considering the rest of the batters can hardly buy arun especially in the tests if India want to stand achance on Aussie n nz pitches in the wc then rahane has to open and anchor the innings and make it easy for the stroke makers to come on the bouncier n pacier wickets

  • on August 29, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    It matters to have appetite.....rahane shows brilliance and consistency.... May be stamina....some extra dose of concentration.....he has displayed just enough solidity to be called an indispensable and almost reliable...

  • on August 29, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Rahane is really a good bat. Skilled, and more importantly patient. Without flamboyance can keep a good strike rate. With more confidence, the S/R will also rise further.

    Fields well; but throws need to be sharper. Fielding coach should help him hit a single wicket with throws from a distance. Practice and perfect that. He is going to be one of our best for quite some time to come. What he needs is not cricket coaching. Some help from a mental conditioning guide, from someone like Webstor or Upton.

    He is ideal for opening in all formats. He should be allowed to open and persisted with. That itself will act as a "mental conditioning process". Yes, process, as Dhoni is wont to say.

    Over the past year, many had been crying out loud for using him as opener instead of Dhawan, the latter, like his senior Gauti, just can't resist poking, where leaving is more prudent. Part of the DNA of Delhi school?

  • AnoMaLy on August 29, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Yeap Dhawan needs to depart from all forms and Rahane can open with Sharma in both ODIs and Tests. For the current ODI series we can draft Rayudu to come after Kohli for the next 2 ODIs and see how he goes. Rayudu is not in the attacking mould but puts a prize on his wicket. For the WC though India needs to draft a youngster in place of Rayudu if he fails as well.

  • TrueFactors on August 29, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Since India is testing their power, and opening pair is failing miserably. Why don't India open with Sir Jadeja and Rahane. Rahane is able to give start and Jadeja can play some odd shots and better his play around pacers with free mind and free flow batting.. Nothing to loose for him anyway.. Let Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni follow them. Jadeja's here and there can help a lot and at the same time, India can saw off new ball and bowlers. Rohit is playing too slow for powerplay and Dhawan is not giving proper start anyway. So, I think India has nothing to loose. If I am in place of Dhoni, I would have tried this option long time back.

  • pravineswar on August 29, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    In ODI's, i personally think Rahane should move to No.03 & Virat should bat at No.04 followed by Raina & Dhoni. This way, in case of early wicket, Rahane can arrest further slide and keep Virat fresh for middle overs. Virat also had this same problem but after his first ODI ton, he transformed. Hoping the same for Rahane. Currently, most of the teams do not have good 4th & 5th bowlers which can be easily capitalized by Virat at No.04 . One good thing, with the current ODI's rules, even after early wickets, any score around 350 can be chased or set.

    Dhawan's problem is Rohit. Rohit has 70% dot balls in first 10 overs which puts tremendous pressure on Dhawan for boundaries. Dhawan feeds on boundaries. If Rohit scores freely then it is easier for Dhawan to find boundaries else Dhawan struggles for rythm. Hence, it is better to play calm head like Samson or free scoring batsman like Uthappa.

  • on August 29, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    Good luck to England I hope they will win ODI matches as well Australia waiting lol Sri lankan fan

  • whirlaway on August 29, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Don't worry. The real test for Vijay, Kohli, Rahane, Pujara etc. will come later this year in Australia. Indian batsmen have not faced lethal fast bowling in recent decades (the leading pacemen and role models for the last 20-25 years have been pace bowlers like McGrath and Walsh, who could get your wicket but were not likely to break your arm!)

    Back in the days of West Indies' speedsters, there was the constant fear of breaking your ribs or elbow or fingers or jaw or nose! And Indian batsmen like Gavaskar, Amarnath, Vishwanath have faced deadly bowlers like Marshall, Garner, Holding, Roberts, Croft and Australia's Thomson, Lillee and others.

    But Mitchell Johnson has reintroduced lethality into cricket now. And he has a few good fellow pace bowlers like Starc who can physically intimidate the batsmen. I am sure Kohli, Rahane et al will enjoy their trip to Australia! ;-)

  • Sir_Ivor on August 29, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Rahane looked to be a long innings player when playing in the domestic games but as pointed out for some reason he seems to be missing out when he is fully in control in the ODIs. There is no doubt that he values the chance he is getting of playing for India but for some reason he is getting out when well set. It could be a bit of luck going against him as well. But I do feel that he could rise to his true stature if he had a couple of sessions with Rudi Webster. He needs probably, to be a bit more attacking in his mindset. But that is easier said because he cannot get up one day and start playing like Sehwag. Considering his upbringing and the background he comes from, I feel he needs that self belief that he can score big at the highest level. One really big innings from him will change this man. Not every great player has been able to reel off big ones from the beginning like Gavaskar did. In fact the great Sobers scored his first 100 after many Tests. But that was his 365 n o !!

  • JustIPL on August 28, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Frankly speaking after the first burst of wickets by england they let Rahane/Rohit cut lose (due to too many part time bowlers and just regular bowlers) and then Tredwell measured both of them up. After England set their bowling line up right then situation may be different in the next 3 games. Otherwise, Dhoni/Raina have a knack of dragging india out of hot waters regularly which may go against england if they persist with 3 all rounders. Rahane/Rohit cannot be relied that much as Dhoni/Raina can be.

  • on August 28, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    I personally feel that, Sanju should be in the playing 11. And Dhoni should give Sanju gloves and he can stand near to bowlers for boosting there confidence and field placement. As Dhoni's average is better than any other player in ODI team so he can play as a pure batsman and he can move up the order. i feel Dhawan doesn't deserve place in playing 11, Dhoni already gave him as many chances, now its turn to use those resources which can be fruitful in future" Sanju and Rahane". And Dhoni have to give Kohli as much as chance to come in form because he deserve that what he did in past, he is the only class player in Playing 11. We never know who is next Master or next Blaster or Next Wall, we need to wait and watch.

  • xylo on August 28, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    wow... Chopra talks about ODI batting, Agarkar talks about bowling. The irony...

  • RaghuProdhutoori on August 28, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Rahane is a tool sculptured under Mr cool Rahul Dravid.... With his stature he is never going to be power hitter but I will always love to see Rahane timing the ball with perfection to the boundary with ease.....He is a too good fielder too....he is the best player of new ball as we have seen that already in the IPL so India should look into this aspect before the worldcup so that it opens up the slot for rayudu/yuvraj....with yuvraj in squad you will be getting options in the bowling too....

  • VancouverPunekar on August 28, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    We are being too hard on the lad. I am sure most will agree. Had it not made that calm 40, our test horror would have continued...we would have been 150 odd all out..

  • SanjivAwesome on August 28, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Drop Dhawan for him. See how Raina has come back rejuvenated after he was dropped out. Some fear is necessary.

  • on August 28, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    To me, he is India's next great batsman in the making.

  • on August 28, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    I think Rahane, in the years to come, will become India's best batsman.

  • gkautish on August 28, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    india needs yuvi back period

  • avinash86 on August 28, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Thanks Akash for the stats. I would recommend BCCI to drop Dhawan and move Rahane up along with Rohit and make a place for Sanju Samson on 4th position. This is the time to try him and see if he is ready for next level. Dont wait for Bangladesh or West Indies tour to see the performance from this young lad. It will be unjustice

  • on August 28, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is the soon-to-be Emperor of Cricket.. Flawless technique and great hunger..

  • SevereCritic on August 28, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has the same problem. He scores a 50 and just when he starts looking good, he promptly throws it all away.

  • StatisticsRocks on August 28, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    We need to stop over analyzing and let him be who he is.

  • DeepThinking on August 28, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Thanks for writing this article and bringing the stats up... From the end of NZ tour, I was so confident that with Rahane in the team we have only 10 players in playing for India. Believe me, he silently occupies his place by scoring odd runs here and there especially when team is in bad situation and he is getting away with his poor performance overall. He needs to go and play in Ranji and change his attitude, fine tune his skills. Being a specialist batsman and in the top 4 we need a dynamic, consistent guy and not Rahane. it is the time to try with other performing players and giving a break to Rahane might help him to come out as better player if he is really. Else he will live in his comfort zone for ever. We have 100s and 100s of player like this in India who can chip away some 20 runs in most of the matches and score odd 50 or 100. We don't need them in international level until they fine tune further, International match is not the place to hang around with those skills please.

  • Playfair on August 28, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Id have Dhawan make way for Rayudu and have Rahane open with Rohit Sharma. Dhawans game is too loose for English conditions.

  • CricketChat on August 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Rahane will end up being a decent, but not a great player. My reasoning has to do with his failure in the last 3 tests after doing OK in the first 2 tests against Eng recently. He had somewhat weathered the adversities in pitch, weather and Eng bowling, but couldn't sustain it after achieving some success. My guess was that he was easily satisfied and felt secure of his spot in the team and slackened. I would rather put my money on Kohli (though I feel he should be dropped right now from the team) any day over Rahane.

  • glen1 on August 28, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Is this simply constitutional or more a T20 jinx? If it is the latter, then he should not be playing T20. He and Pujara are more suited to provide backbone to a failing test team, and like Pujara, should be allowed to practice in English conditions.

  • on August 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Its just about that one knock for Rahane once he gets that he will flourish in ODI cricket too .

  • DipanjanMitra on August 28, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Rahane is undoubtedly a potential batter for our nation at number three. But what seems to go on inside his mind, if at all, while at the crease is something that is probably distracting him to hold on to his concentration. Is he feeling the pressure of batting at number three? Is he worried about his future spot in the national squad? I am very much sure he is going to overcome all of these soon. And i am confident that he will go on to make a big score in one of the three remaining ODIs. I am personally banking on this young player. Personally, i feel it is way too early to judge Rahane with only 31 innings behind him.

  • DipanjanMitra on August 28, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Rahane is undoubtedly a potential batter for our nation at number three. But what seems to go on inside his mind, if at all, while at the crease is something that is probably distracting him to hold on to his concentration. Is he feeling the pressure of batting at number three? Is he worried about his future spot in the national squad? I am very much sure he is going to overcome all of these soon. And i am confident that he will go on to make a big score in one of the three remaining ODIs. I am personally banking on this young player. Personally, i feel it is way too early to judge Rahane with only 31 innings behind him.

  • on August 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Its just about that one knock for Rahane once he gets that he will flourish in ODI cricket too .

  • glen1 on August 28, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Is this simply constitutional or more a T20 jinx? If it is the latter, then he should not be playing T20. He and Pujara are more suited to provide backbone to a failing test team, and like Pujara, should be allowed to practice in English conditions.

  • CricketChat on August 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Rahane will end up being a decent, but not a great player. My reasoning has to do with his failure in the last 3 tests after doing OK in the first 2 tests against Eng recently. He had somewhat weathered the adversities in pitch, weather and Eng bowling, but couldn't sustain it after achieving some success. My guess was that he was easily satisfied and felt secure of his spot in the team and slackened. I would rather put my money on Kohli (though I feel he should be dropped right now from the team) any day over Rahane.

  • Playfair on August 28, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Id have Dhawan make way for Rayudu and have Rahane open with Rohit Sharma. Dhawans game is too loose for English conditions.

  • DeepThinking on August 28, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Thanks for writing this article and bringing the stats up... From the end of NZ tour, I was so confident that with Rahane in the team we have only 10 players in playing for India. Believe me, he silently occupies his place by scoring odd runs here and there especially when team is in bad situation and he is getting away with his poor performance overall. He needs to go and play in Ranji and change his attitude, fine tune his skills. Being a specialist batsman and in the top 4 we need a dynamic, consistent guy and not Rahane. it is the time to try with other performing players and giving a break to Rahane might help him to come out as better player if he is really. Else he will live in his comfort zone for ever. We have 100s and 100s of player like this in India who can chip away some 20 runs in most of the matches and score odd 50 or 100. We don't need them in international level until they fine tune further, International match is not the place to hang around with those skills please.

  • StatisticsRocks on August 28, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    We need to stop over analyzing and let him be who he is.

  • SevereCritic on August 28, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has the same problem. He scores a 50 and just when he starts looking good, he promptly throws it all away.

  • on August 28, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is the soon-to-be Emperor of Cricket.. Flawless technique and great hunger..

  • avinash86 on August 28, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Thanks Akash for the stats. I would recommend BCCI to drop Dhawan and move Rahane up along with Rohit and make a place for Sanju Samson on 4th position. This is the time to try him and see if he is ready for next level. Dont wait for Bangladesh or West Indies tour to see the performance from this young lad. It will be unjustice