Ajinkya Rahane has the Numbers, But Will he Ge…

Ahead of India’s second Test match against South Africa at Centurion, one of the hottest topics of conversation has been Ajinkya Rahane – and whether he will be brought back into the playing line up to help shore up the batting, which was a far cry from its usual dominating self in Cape Town.

If the technically sound Rahane is to be brought in for this must win Test, it would likely be in place of the stylish Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma, who has been unable to replicate his form from the shorter version of the game to the longer format. Before the tour commenced, Rohit was in belligerent form at home against Sri Lanka – but at Newlands could manage a paltry return of 21 from both the innings.

In his last 20 innings, Rohit has managed to score only two half centuries, whereas Rahane has 7 half centuries and 4 tons in 29 innings outside Asia. At one glance, these numbers make more than a case for Rahane.

A comparative study of Rahane and Rohit outside Asia shows us that the former, known to be patient, is more suited to the conditions than the latter, a strokemaker.