Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha believes senior hitters Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara need to find solutions after both players failed to come up with much in the opening innings of the first test against New Zealand at the Green Kanpur Park Stadium on Thursday. Pujara and Rahane both started well but failed to get a big score against a brave New Zealand bowling team. As Pujara edged the keeper on a delivery from Tim Southee, Rahane was beaten by the pace and rebound from Kyle Jamieson, cutting one off the stumps.
During a discussion on Cricbuzz, Ojha analyzed the layoff pattern of Pujara and Rahane.
“As we know Pujara tends to struggle with swing delivery. He’s been fired from LBW a number of times. So to make up for that he tries to play a bit close but it hasn’t helped him. he is fired by giving outside benefits, ”Ojha said.
The former Indian cricketer also praised the New Zealand team for their compact field placements, not allowing Indian hitters to take singles and forcing them to make mistakes.
“If you look at the placement on the pitch, most of the players are inside the circle because they don’t want India to take singles. They want them to score runs in the square leg area, but bowlers try to play as straight as possible to get an advantage or body weight, ”he added.
Pragyan Ojha signed saying Pujara and Rahane need to rectify their mistakes as the two are at a critical juncture in their respective careers.
“They (Pujara and Rahane) find themselves at a difficult time in their careers. They have to find solutions. If they continue to be fired in the same way, things could get even more complicated in the future,” he said. he concluded.
India won the draw and substitute skipper Rahane decided to strike New Zealand first in the first test.
Shubman Gill got India off to a good start after Mayank Agarwal failed to bring up much on Day 1. Gill then smashed a brilliant 53 before being roasted by Jamieson.
At tea India was 154/4 with debutants Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle. For the Kiwis, Jamieson was the bowlers choice with three layoffs to his name.
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