Virat Kohli settles Ajinkya Rahane- Karun Nair debate ahead of Hyderabad Test

first_imgIn perhaps the most clear signal so far from the Indian team, captain Virat Kohli strongly hinted that Ajinkya Rahane would replace Karun Nair for the one-off Test against Bangladesh.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.However, Rahane has fully recovered now and it might seem harsh on a triple centurion to be left out but Kohli was clear about what he wanted. The 28-year-old skipper said one match would not overshadow two years of hard work put in by Rahane. (Why Bangladesh can trump India in their own game)”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.advertisementIndia 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.We cannot take any aspect of Bangladesh lightly, says #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli on the eve of the one-off Test #INDvBAN BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2017last_img read more