Fans believe Rahane would have led the side better
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer expressed his surprise over the Indian team management’s selection of KL Rahul as captain of the team in the second Test against South Africa. India lost the second game of the series at the Wanderers on Thursday, leveling the series at one win each. This was India’s first Test defeat at the Wanderers.
Experts and fans criticized the captaincy of KL Rahul during the final innings of the match where the hosts had to chase the target of 240 with seven wickets to spare on a tricky surface.
“I am surprised by the team management. When you have someone as good as Ajinkya Rahane available who has not lost any Test as a captain and won you a Test series in Australia, do you need to give the Test captaincy to KL Rahul?”
“I have nothing against KL Rahul. He is young and has captained the Punjab Kings. People are thinking about him as a future captain. But I think Rahane should have led the side in Kohli’s absence.”
KL Rahul made his debut as a Test captain in the match against South Africa. He became the first Indian in 30 years to have captained in the red-ball format before limited-overs cricket.
“India missed Virat’s energy” – Wasim Jaffer
The South African tour was considered a golden chance for India to mark a series victory in the longest format of the game. However, the series was left wide open after Dean Elgar’s gritty innings saw South Africa cross the finish line.
The Indian bowlers had a rare day off in the fourth innings of the Test. The field setting was also criticized as South Africa managed easy singles throughout their innings. The unit of Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shammi, Shardul Thakur, and an injured Mohammed Siraj gave away too many extras and misfired.
Jaffer said commented on KL Rahul’s captaincy and stated that it lacked Kohli’s energy. He said:
“India definitely missed Virat Kohli, the captain, because he brings so much aggression to the field. When you have such a player on the field, you know you will be held accountable if you make a mistake. So, they missed that energy.”
The final test between the two sides starts on January 11. Rahul Dravid has confirmed that Virat Kohli will be back for the final Test of the series.