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Cheteshwar Pujara-3, Ajinkya Rahane-0, Sunil Gavaskar said – If you want to save your Test career, there is only one more innings left.


  • Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane fail once again
  • Pujara was out after scoring three runs, Rahane could not even open the account
  • India’s score is 53 for three by lunch
  • Gavaskar said that the last chance for the next innings for these two batsmen

Ahead of the start of the Johannesburg Test, a bad news came from the Indian camp. Virat Kohli was ruled out of this test due to injury. KL Rahul was given the command of the team. Kohli’s absence means that the middle order got a little weak. In such a situation, the burden on experienced Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had increased. But both these batsmen could not live up to these expectations. Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar also looked very disappointed with these two batsmen. He said that Pujara and Rahane have just one innings chance to save their careers.

Indian team won the toss and elected to bat in Johannesburg Test. After the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal, Pujara came to the crease. South Africa tried short pitch bowling against Pujara, which also got the benefit. He faced 33 balls and was dismissed after scoring just three runs. While Ajinkya Rahane could not even open the account.

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Gavaskar said during the commentary, ‘There was already a lot of pressure on these two batsmen. But now after getting out, this pressure on him has increased a lot. He has only one innings left to save his Test career.

He said the Test career of Pujara and Rahane depended on India’s next innings. “If India has a second innings, as it seems, it could be very important for both of them,” he said.

The Indian team has scored 53 runs for the loss of three wickets till lunch. Captain KL Rahul is batting on 19 and Hanuma Vihari is scoring 4 runs. India suffered two setbacks before lunch which derailed their innings. Mayank Agarwal scored 26 runs. He became a victim of Jenson.

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short pitch bowling plan
South Africa’s bowling strategy was clear on the first day of the Johannesburg Test. Short-pitch bowling and close to the batsman. Especially Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara was the victim of a similar ball at Centurion and South Africa’s game plan was the same here as well. South Africa kept its planning clear against Pujara. Pujara kept getting opportunities and some luck or the other. But the South African bowlers had an idea that there could be an opportunity here. They didn’t want to lose that opportunity and pressure.

If India’s second innings is, as it seems, it could be very important for both of them.

Sunil Gavaskar on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane

Short-pitch consistently. Sometimes the ball fell near short-leg and sometimes near slip and gully. But South Africa got the benefit of this consistency. And Pujara finally became the victim of Duane Oliver. The ball was slightly outside the off-stump. The ball bounced and hit the shoulder of the bat. Pujara was not in a position to play the ball. And Temba Bavuma, standing on point, took a simple catch.

Rahane also returned cheap
Ajinkya Rahane also went on the very next ball. He became the victim of the Golden Duck. It was Oliver’s 50th Test wicket. This time again the ball was outside the off stump. There was a clear flaw in Rahane’s technique. His bat was outside off-stump. It was no shot. He was neither seen playing the ball nor leaving it. The ball took the outside edge of the bat and Pietersen, standing in the street, took a simple catch to his right.