India Tour of South Africa: Rahane to lose vice-captaincy


India Tour of South Africa: Ajinkya Rahane set to lose his vice-captaincy in Tests. He has led India in 6 games and won 4, lost none and drawn one game.

India Tour of South Africa: Ajinkya Rahane- After a question mark on Virat Kohli’s ODI captaincy status, now questions are also being raised on under pressure Ajinkya Rahane’s role as Test vice-captain. Injured Ajinkya Rahane was dropped from the ongoing second Test at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai after a lean patch with the bat. The development also makes him doubtful for the upcoming Test tour. Follow all the latest updates on InsideSport.IN

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Ajinkya Rahane

The 34-year-old is under fire from all verticals owing to his poor show for the last couple of years. He struck only one century and a couple of fifties in the last 16 Tests. Over the years, his average has witnessed a staggering decline from 51.37 to 39.60.

Ajinkya Rahane in last two years:

  • 2020– 272 runs from 4 Tests @38.86
  • 2021– 407 runs from 12 Tests @20.35
  • vs NZ in 1st Test– 35 and 4 runs respectively

Ajinkya Rahane as captain: 

Rahane’s record as captain is impressive but as a player, he is out of sorts. His dismal form has made him doubtful for the upcoming Tour.

Matches: 6

Victories: 4

Losses:0

Draw:2

India Tour of South Africa: Who will be the next India Test vice-captain?

KL Rahul & Rohit Sharma front runners for new role- Once KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma come back into the field and Virat Kohli already back and Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal are all among runs, Rahane no longer remains an automatic choice.

There is every chance that he might not get a start in South Africa even if he makes the cut. In this scenario, the vice-captaincy candidates are white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma and his T20 deputy KL Rahul, who are now automatic choices.

Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul could be made the vice-captain after the duo were made in charge of captaincy and vice-captaincy in T20I cricket. The duo made headlines with their performance during the India Tour of England while Rohit had also impressed in home Tests against England.

India Tour of South Africa: BCCI AGM to take a call on Saturday- Meanwhile, the fate of the series will be decided in BCCI’s AGM on Saturday that is under the scanner amid the new COVID variant Omicron that has put South Africa on a knife-edge.

India players are slated to leave on December 9. BCCI will take a call on whether the South Africa tour will be curtailed, postponed or cancelled taking into account players’ negative views on the tour.

The tour comprises three Tests, three ODIs and four T20 Internationals and is scheduled to start on December 17 at Johannesburg. The fate of the tour is also dependent on a final decision by the Indian government. The Indian government has specific rules for passengers returning from the Rainbow Nation.

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