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‘Time To Bid Goodbye’ Fans Plead BCCI To Show Rahane Exit Door After Kanpur Test Failure

‘Time To Bid Goodbye’ Fans Plead BCCI To Show Rahane Exit Door After Kanpur Test Failure

Despite being the captain in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, a lot of questions were raised over Ajinkya Rahane’s place in the India Test team.

Before the match, the former India opener Gautam Gambhir had said that Rahane should consider himself really lucky that the selectors and the team management entrusted him with the responsibility of leading the side in regular skipperVirat Kohli’s absence, despite his shoddy batting form.

Ajinkya Rahane © Reuters

“I am going to open with Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul because he opened in England and then probably Shubman Gill will bat at No. 4. Plus, Rahane is pretty fortunate that he’s still part of this side because he’s leading. But again, he’s got another opportunity now, hopefully, he can make that count,” Gambhir had said on Star Sports ahead of the match.

After being cornered from all quarters, most fans and experts hoped that it would inspire Rahane to make this opportunity count and shut down all his critics by playing a big knock in the series opener at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.

First ball: Rahane reviews and survives
Second ball: Bowled

Kyle Jamieson gets another wicket again, and this time the India captain has to go! #INDvNZ

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 25, 2021

But like always, the 33-year-old failed to convert his start into a big knock and got out playing a poor shot after scoring just 35 runs. He started his innings with great confidence and looking at his stroke play, fans started tweeting with optimism, hoping that he would convert his solid start into a big score but the manner in which threw away his wicket frustrated everyone. 

Don't remember the last time I saw Rahane look so assured at the start of an innings, ridiculously comfortable from the start today.

— Prashanth S (@ps_it_is) November 25, 2021

When there is a question mark over him, Rahane always comes with a good knock to save India and looks like it is happening today as well.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 25, 2021

If we talk about this year alone, Rahane’s average has dipped down to 19 in the longest format -- almost half of his overall career average -- which is not good enough to justify his selection in the India Test team. Not when we have several other talented youngsters knocking the door down with their performances and staking a claim in the Indian’s red-ball squad. 

Rahane Captain © Twitter/BlackCaps

For us fans it’s sad to see Rahane struggling like this and not living up to his potential. It seems like this constant failure has diminished his confidence to such an extent that he has become a shadow of himself. 

After he got out, the fans took to Twitter to express their frustration over his dismissal. The supporters who were hoping for a big knock said that they are done expecting good things from the Mumbai batter because he has forgotten how to bat and urged the BCCI to show him the exit door. 

Whenever we feel rahane will score big today, he gifts his wicket away!!

— Yash Shah (@YashShah1231) November 25, 2021

What was that atrocious shot from Rahane yaar!!!! All the batters have gotten themselves in and then gone. This is so annoying.

— कुशल मेहरा (@kushal_mehra) November 25, 2021

God save rahane

— Theone (@12dhaval99999) November 25, 2021

Rahane utne he run banata hai jitne mai next match ki position fix ho jae uski.
Na zayada, Na kam. #INDVsNZ

— Yaman (@Oye_lambu) November 25, 2021

This is Rahane's legacy . He was looking so confident . But we all knew his wicket is just round the corner

— Mradul (@gillfan_) November 25, 2021

I have zero hopes from Rahane now

— Saransh (@CricSaransh) November 25, 2021

Getting out after good start same old stories of Rahane is continue.

— करन छा़वडी (@Karan_Gurjar7) November 25, 2021

Looking at his past performances, the selectors and the team management have backed him for a couple of years now but with the arrival of youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, it feels as if his time in Team India is nearing its end. 

With Kohli returning to the team in the next match, there is a huge possibility that Rahane could be dropped on the bench with Iyer taking his place.