Newly hired Indian coach Rahul Dravid is unconcerned with the team’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane‘s form. He expects Rahane to regain his form and believes he is a valuable player who is only one inning away from breaking through.
“I don’t get anxious, and neither do you.” Of course, you’d like Ajinkya to score more runs. I’m sure he’d appreciate a couple more runs. He’s an excellent player. He had previously performed admirably for India. “He is one of those people who has that quality,” Dravid stated after the 1st Test in Kanpur ended in a post-match news conference.
“He’s got the chops. Hopefully, it’ll just take a few innings or a game for him to turn things around. He would undoubtedly prefer to score more runs. He is well aware of this. And we’re well aware of that,” Dravid continued.
Coach Dravid’s selection of the playing XI has been complicated by Shreyas Iyer’s performance, in which he became the only Indian player to score a century and a half-century on Test debut. Virat Kohli, who took Iyer’s position, will return, and to accommodate both an opener, Mayank Agarwal would most likely have to make way, although Dravid declined to say.
“We haven’t settled on a starting lineup for Mumbai yet.” It will be too soon to discuss it. “Until now, we’ve just been thinking about this Test,” he explained.
“When we get in Bombay, we’ll assess the situation and the pitch.” We’ll assess the fitness of the men. Virat Kohli will also be joining us, so he will be consulted. Then we’ll select who goes into the playing XI,” the coach continued, implying that skipper Kohli will have a bigger influence in how the lineup appears in the crucial second Test.
With one game remaining, the series that will kick off the World Test Championship 2021-23 for reigning champions New Zealand is presently deadlocked at 0-0.