Ajinkya Rahane made 89 off 129 balls in his comeback Test for Inia in the first innings of the ICC World Test Championship final. His innings and a partnership of 109 along with Shardul Thakur (51) have brought India back in this Test match. Thakur scored his third fifty on the trot at The Oval in three innings.
Australia are leading by 296 runs at stumps on day 3 and with two days of cricket left, Team India will be fancying their chances of making a comeback in this Test match. Rahane was 29 off 71 deliveries at stumps on day 2.
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On day 3, he scored 60 off 58 showing good footwork and playing the ball late. His innings was cut short by an incredible catch at gully from Cameron Green as Rahane fell short of what would have been a decorated century.
Reviewing the third day’s play on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke about the slight changes in technique that Ajinkya Rahane has made to his game. One definitive change is that he has started to play more attacking and looking to score runs. Chopra thought was not convinced about Rahane playing too much on the back foot.
Ajinkya Rahane Is Playing Extremely Late, Not Going Forward: Aakash Chopra
“Ajinkya Rahane has made a slight change in his technique. Both his feet stay within the crease, he is playing extremely late, which is a good thing, but he is not going forward at all. I am 50-50 with that, I am not 100% convinced that it is the right way to play” said Chopra on his Youtube channel.
He further pointed out that Rahane’s technique and his backfoot play was very different to the likes of Virat Kohli and Marnus Labuschagne’s front-foot play.
“That is one way to play and then there is Virat Kohli’s way, who got a wicket-taking ball for sure but could it have been negotiated better? Marnus Labuschagne also does like that – the front-foot commitment. That is why probably he gets hit a lot. You might be able to negotiate that ball better if you play it on the back foot” the former Indian opener added.
Aakash Chopra further said that Ajinkya Rahane played very well in his comeback Test. He made a comeback after 18 months into the Test side after Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul were ruled out of the WTC final due to injuries.
Ajinkya Rahane Batted Extremely Well: Aakash Chopra
“Ajinkya Rahane batted extremely well. Got out in the end for sure, got a life as well. If you see before that too, there were two lbw decisions where Pat Cummins overstepped, one was Rahane and the other was Shardul. You saved the follow-on and I feel they were anyway not going to enforce it” Chopra concluded saying.