India vs South Africa: Twitterati Troll Rohit Sharma, Want Ajinkya Rahane In Place Of Hit Man

Updated: 14 January 2018 21:54 IST

Playing his second Test of the tour, Rohit Sharma once again failed with the bat and scored a paltry 10 before being dismissed by South African pacer Kagiso Rabada.

India vs South Africa: Twitterati Troll Rohit Sharma, Want Ajinkya Rahane In Place Of Hit Man
Rohit Sharma scored a paltry 10 before being dismissed by South African pacer Kagiso Rabada. © AFP

India captain Virat Kohli again drew criticism from his fans for preferring Rohit Sharma over Ajinkya Rahane for the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Rohit was given the chance ahead of Rahane in the final eleven of the Newlands Test and the right-hander scored a combined 21 runs in two innings. India went on to lose the opening Test of the three-match series by 72 runs and Kohli's call to exclude Rahane, who is known for his quiet approach and better overseas record, instead of Rohit once again for the second Test left the fans perplexed.

Playing his second Test of the tour, Rohit once again failed with the bat and scored a paltry 10 before being dismissed by South African pacer Kagiso Rabada.

Just after his dismissal, fans started trolling him for his poor run with the bat despite many chances.

Rohit was preferred over Rahane who has an impressive overseas record. Rahane, known for his calm and composed demenour, has scored centuries in Melbourne, Colombo, Wellington, Kingston and Lord’s. 

Rahane has a terrific average of 53.44 batting overseas. On the other hand, Rohit averages 24.55 outside India.

Not just Rahane, Kohli also dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the playing XI for the second Test.

Bhuvneshwar claimed six wickets in the Newlands Test and Kohli, during the toss in Centurion, said they are looking for extra pace and bounce which Ishant Sharma could deliver.

India made three changes with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, opener KL Rahul and pacer Ishant coming in for Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar.

 

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Topics : India Cricket Team South Africa Cricket Team Virat Kohli Ajinkya Rahane Rohit Sharma South Africa vs India 2018 Cricket
Highlights
  • Kohli drew criticism from his fans for preferring Rohit over Rahane
  • Rohit was given the chance ahead of Rahane in the 1st and 2nd Test
  • Rohit once again failed with the bat in the 2nd Test
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