Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha feels senior batters Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara want to seek out options after each gamers didn’t conjure a lot within the first innings of the primary Test towards New Zealand on the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. Both Pujara and Rahane began off properly however didn’t get a giant rating towards a gutsy New Zealand bowling line-up. While Pujara edged one to the keeper off a Tim Southee supply, Rahane was overwhelmed by Kyle Jamieson’s tempo and bounce, chopping one onto the stumps.
During a dialogue on Cricbuzz, Ojha analysed the sample of Pujara and Rahane’s dismissals.
“As we all know, Pujara tends to battle towards the in-swinging supply. He has been dismissed LBW on many events. So, to compensate for that, he’s making an attempt to play a bit shut however that has not helped him. Now, he’s getting dismissed by giving exterior edges,” mentioned Ojha.
The former Indian cricketer additionally lauded the New Zealand group for his or her compact subject placements, not permitting Indian batters to take singles, and forcing them to make errors.
“If you have a look at the sphere placement, a lot of the gamers are contained in the circle as they do not need India to take singles. They need them to attain runs by the square-leg area, however the bowlers are attempting to bowl as straight as potential to get an edge or lbw,” he added.
Pragyan Ojha signed off by saying that Pujara and Rahane have to rectify their errors as each are standing at a crucial level of their respective careers.
“They (Pujara and Rahane) are standing at a troublesome level of their profession. They have to seek out options. If they proceed to get dismissed in the identical sample, issues would possibly get even trickier sooner or later,” he concluded.
India gained the toss and the stand-in skipper Rahane determined to bat first towards New Zealand within the first Test.
Shubman Gill gave India a good begin after Mayank Agarwal didn’t conjure a lot on Day 1. Gill went on to smash a superb 53 earlier than being castled by Jamieson.
At tea, India had been 154/4 with debutant Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja within the center. For the Kiwis, Jamieson was the decide of the bowlers with three dismissals to his identify.
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