IND vs ENG 2nd Test: KL Rahul defends ailing middle-order trio of Pujara, Kohli & Rahane – India’s ailing middle-order comprising Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane has become a problem for the team. The trio yet again failed, putting a lot of pressure on young Rishabh Pant. However, India opener KL Rahul has defended the trio, saying they will come out of the rough patch.
“Pujara and Ajinkya are fabulous players. They have done the job for Team India every time we have been in trouble. They are world-class players and I am sure they are hungry to go out there and score some runs and do the job for the team. They are experienced players. So, they will come out of a couple of innings where they haven’t scored runs,” KL Rahul said at the post-match press conference on Friday.
England end the day at 119/3, Root 48*
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IND vs ENG 2nd Test: After KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma gave India a great start with a century and 80+ scores respectively, apart from Virat Kohli’s 42, the other two failed miserably, returning with the scores of 9 and 1. had it not been for Pant’s 37 and Ravindra Jadeja’s 40-run knocks, India would have been in serious trouble. Thanks to their lack of show, India could only add 88 more runs after overnight 276/3 and fold at 364.
In the last five innings, Cheteshwar Pujara has managed 8, 15, 4, 12* and 9 while Ajinkya Rahane has scored 27, 49, 15, 5 and 1. For Virat Kohli, it doesn’t look good either. He has managed 0, 44, 13, 0 and 42 in the last five innings, highlighting the problem further. But KL Rahul believes they will get runs in the upcoming matches.
“You have to realise that the players playing in tough conditions. In English conditions, it will always be challenging to come out and bat. As players and a team, we have talked about that. We have to accept that in England, we will get good balls and you are not going to go out there and score in every innings. So, once you get a start, you have to make it count. I’m sure they will get runs,” KL Rahul said.
IND vs ENG 2nd Test: KL Rahul defends ailing middle-order trio, says ‘I’m confident they will get runs’
As for the match, India shared Day 2 honours after adding just 88 runs, losing 7 wickets. KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane both departed within the 1st two overs. But after Tea, Mohammed Siraj’s two successive wickets brought India back to the game. At the end of Day’s play, England were 119/3 with Joe Root still on the crease on 48. As Root has already troubled India in the series with two half-centuries, India will be eager to get his wicket and take command.