Rahane snatched from the vice-captaincy, got a place in the Test team, but may remain out of the playing XI

India Squad For South Africa Test Series: On Wednesday, the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) announced Team India for the three-match Test series against South Africa. Ajinkya Rahane, who has been struggling with poor form for the Test series on India’s tour of South Africa, has also been included in the 18-man squad, but he was dropped from the post of the Test team’s vice-captain. Rohit Sharma has been given this responsibility in place of Rahane.

Rahane may have got a place in the Test team, but it is difficult to find a place in the playing XI in the Boxing Day Test starting on December 26. Earlier, he was also kept out of the playing XI in the second Test against New Zealand played in Mumbai.

Rahane scored only 320 runs in the last 10 Tests

Rahane’s bat has been silent in the last 10 Tests. During this he scored only 320 runs. Rahane scored 39 runs in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand. Earlier, Rahane had scored 109 runs in four Tests against England. In the last 10 Tests, only two half-centuries have come off Rahane’s bat. At the same time, his best score was 67 runs.

Rahane may stay out of playing XI

Rahane may be out of the playing XI for the Boxing Day Test against South Africa starting on December 26. In this test, one of the batsmen KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, and Mayank Agarwal will open with Rohit Sharma. After this, Cheteshwar Pujara and then captain Virat Kohli will bat. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer can play at number five.

Iyer has almost confirmed his place in the team by scoring a century in his debut Test against New Zealand. In such a situation, Rahane is almost certain to be out of the playing XI.


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