The Indian middle-order batting has been trembling very badly since the 2020’s. Even the epic history at Gabba followed by Australia and England series win was because of Pant, Sundar, Ashwin. Thakur. Rahane and Pujara were not performed when the team was needed them.
Due to their poor performance in the middle, India has lost 8 wickets by making only 97 runs, from 267/2 to all out for 364 runs. These two have been facing some heat from the Indian cricket fans and sports analysts for giving them too many chances even not performing. Hanuma Vihari hasn’t been used. As per cricket analysts, at least one of the batsmen from both should be rested and given Hanuma Vihari a chance.
Some expressed that favouritism of Skipper has been ruining the careers of many. Although they were selected for team India, they’ve been permitting to reserve a bench for years without getting chances to prove their talent like how Pujara and Rahane have been getting for more than a year.
But former Cricketer, Zaheer Khan has backed both Rahane and Pujara. He said just one good inning for them would be enough to get into the track. And they don’t need to focus on criticism. The Centurion KL Rahul also supported both middle-order batsmen and said they’ve performed pretty well when the team is in need. He expressed confidence that both Rahane and Pujara will fire again.
There have been some speculations that either Rahane or Pujara will be rested in the next matches if they don’t perform in the second innings.