IND vs ENG: Ashish Nehra decodes James Anderson, England bowlers plan to dismiss Rahane and Pujara- check out: Former Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra dissected Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissals in India’s first innings of the Lord’s Test versus England. The bowling great deciphered the loopholes where two batting mainstay’s are going wrong. As for Pujara, wicket-to-wicket line is doing the trick for England while Rahane is getting deceived at the fourth and fifth stump line. The duo was dismissed by legendary English bowler- James Anderson.
“Against Pujara, the bowlers have come up with this plan that since he does not score too many runs, we will bowl wicket-to-wicket line to him to get him either bowled or LBW. In this innings, Anderson bowled the sixth-seventh stump line to him to get him out caught in the slips,” Nehra said on the Sony Sports Network.
Cheteshwar Pujara departed after scoring just 9 runs when he fell prey to James Anderson’s bowling. In a peach off a delivery outside the off stump, Pujara got a slight edge that was caught at the third slip fielder- Jonny Bairstow. The first Test match scores were also unpleasant for Pujara where he got out for just 4 runs.
Rahane didn’t gain confidence from Melbourne’s ton, says Nehra
India’s vice captain in Tests, Rahane was a leading run scorer for India in the during the inaugural WTC cycle. Much like before, the issue of inconsistency is still an area of concern for the this middle order batsman.
“With Rahane, it’s that fourth and fifth stump line that he is getting out to. If you look at Australia, he scored a century at Melbourne, but given how he’s performed before and after that hundred, it doesn’t seem as if he gained any confidence from that innings,” Nehra added.
He departed by just scoring one run and was caught at the slips by Joe Root. Even in the first Test he departed after being run out for just 5 runs.
Nehra backs Indian skipper Virat Kohli
The left handed bowler shielded Virat Kohli saying that he has still some odd 40 runs in the recent past. He re-emphasized on the middle order mire that has been ailing India for long now.
“It’s not like it’s been two or three matches. See, Virat Kohli has still hit a few half-centuries, getting into the 40s, but Pujara and Rahane are the real worrying signs, especially the manner in which they are getting out. They are senior players so it’s obvious that they know their game well. But in this case, it all comes down to temperament and how they come out of it.”
With the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal already warming the benches, the spot for Rahane and Pujara is in danger in the remaining matches of the Test series.
IND vs ENG: Ashish Nehra decodes James Anderson, England bowlers plan to dismiss Rahane and Pujara- check out
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