Tahlka News Desk
New Delhi: Indian captain Virat kohli has decided that Ajinkya Rahane would replace Karun Nair for the one-off Test against Bangladesh. Kohli said Nair had scored a triple hundred in the last Test against England. He had been included in the playing XI in Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai after Rahane injured himself.
But now, Rahane has been fully recovered nd it might seem harsh on a triple centurion to be left out but Kohli was clear about what he wanted. He also added on match cannot over shadow two years of hard work put in by Rahane.
"One game does not overshadow two years of hardwork from another player. That's my point-of-view. You have to understand what Jinx has done for this team. He is probably the most soild batsman in this form of the game," Kohli said in a press-conference on the eve of India's Test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.
Kohli hailed Nair's feat he had scored a triple hundred in only his third Test but said Rahane's contribution to the Indian team's rapid rise in the traditional format would not be forgotten.
"What Karun did was remarkable. As I said, you cannot overlook two years of hard work from Ajinkya. He walks back into the team whenever he is fit," he said. (India not underestimating Bangladesh, says Wriddhiman Saha)
Rahane has played 32 Tests and scored 2272 runs including eight hundreds. He appeared out-of-sorts in Rajkot and Vizag and struggled in the two ODIs he played against England. However, his Test best of 188 came late last year against New Zealand in the last match of a three-Test series. Besides, his presence in the middle-order has paved the way for several victories for India in the past.
India will most likely go in with five specialist batsmen in Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Rahane. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav will be the all rounders while Wriddhiman Saha will keep wickets. Umesh Yadav abd Ishant Sharma will most likely make up the pace attack.