“They Need To Find Solutions”: Pragyan Ojha Expresses Concerns Over Form Of Cheteshwar Pujara And Ajinkya Rahane


Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha feels senior batters Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara want to search out options after each gamers did not conjure a lot within the first innings of the primary Check in opposition to New Zealand on the Inexperienced Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. Each Pujara and Rahane began off properly however did not get an enormous rating in opposition to a gutsy New Zealand bowling line-up. Whereas Pujara edged one to the keeper off a Tim Southee supply, Rahane was overwhelmed by Kyle Jamieson’s tempo and bounce, chopping one onto the stumps.

During a discussion on Cricbuzz, Ojha analysed the sample of Pujara and Rahane’s dismissals.

“As we all know, Pujara tends to battle in opposition to the in-swinging supply. He has been dismissed LBW on many events. So, to compensate for that, he’s making an attempt to play a bit shut however that has not helped him. Now, he’s getting dismissed by giving outdoors edges,” mentioned Ojha.

The previous Indian cricketer additionally lauded the New Zealand group for his or her compact subject placements, not permitting Indian batters to take singles, and forcing them to make errors.

“When you take a look at the sphere placement, a lot of the gamers are contained in the circle as they do not need India to take singles. They need them to attain runs by the square-leg area, however the bowlers are attempting to bowl as straight as potential to get an edge or lbw,” he added.

Pragyan Ojha signed off by saying that Pujara and Rahane must rectify their errors as each are standing at a crucial level of their respective careers.

“They (Pujara and Rahane) are standing at a troublesome level of their profession. They’ve to search out options. In the event that they proceed to get dismissed in the identical sample, issues would possibly get even trickier sooner or later,” he concluded.

India gained the toss and the stand-in skipper Rahane determined to bat first in opposition to New Zealand within the first Check.


Shubman Gill gave India an honest begin after Mayank Agarwal did not conjure a lot on Day 1. Gill went on to smash an excellent 53 earlier than being castled by Jamieson.

At tea, India have been 154/four with debutant Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja within the center. For the Kiwis, Jamieson was the decide of the bowlers with three dismissals to his title.

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