IND vs NZ Test: Harbhajan warns Ajinkya Rahane to find form as ‘queue behind him is very long’

The first of the 2-Test matches against New Zealand begins tomorrow with the focus mainly on Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara after KL Rahul, unfortunately, got ruled out yesterday. With KL Rahul missing out & Rohit, Kohli and Pant rested, the two-Test specialists Rahane & Pujara – who have been off-color lately – have to share the added pressure of scoring runs. Speaking about the same, Indian veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh warned Rahane to find his form as a lot of young players are waiting on the bench to grab the opportunities.

“There’s no Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has opted to rest himself. Then there’s Ajinkya Rahane; we were wondering whether he’ll be in the team or not. But he has been handed the captaincy (for the first Test). His last 11 matches haven’t gone too well as he is averaging just 19 (19.58). He is a brilliant cricketer but his performance hasn’t quite backed him. But it’s also good to see the thinking of Rohit, Virat, and Rahul Dravid as they believe that Rahane should be in the team,” Harbhajan said in a video on Sportskeeda

“Not that he has been given the captaincy, I hope he takes the team forward and also scores runs with the bat so we can see him playing for a little more. If he doesn’t score runs, the queue (of players waiting in the ranks) behind him is very long. There’s Suryakumar Yadav among others waiting in line,” he further added.

As Harbhajan said Rahane is averaging around 20, his last Test ton dates back to the Australia tour last year. Since then, Rahane has played 19 innings at an average of 19.57. While he has scored a couple of half-centuries, the stand-in captain for the Kanpur Test is yet to score a hundred.