Michael Vaughan lashes out at Ajinkya Rahane for his inconsistency
India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane hasn't done much to express himself with the bat of late. Rahane, who loves playing in overseas conditions failed to fire for Team India when they needed him the most in the ongoing Test series against England.
During the first Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Rahane scored just 5 runs in the first innings. The right-handed batsman failed to deliver in the first innings of the second Test at the Lord's in London. He got out after scoring just 1 run.
However, he upped his game by scoring 61 including 5 fours in the second innings. He was the top scorer in the second innings and helped India extend a lead of 271. Indian seamers bundled out England for just 120. As a result, India won by 151 runs.
Michael Vaughan questions India's selectors and slams Ajinkya Rahane
Although Rahane has some decent scores to his name, he has come under fire for his inability to remain consistent. When he scored a half-century in the second Test, a lot was expected of him to deliver in the third Test match against England at Headingley in Leeds.
Rahane failed once again as he scored 18 and 10 in the first and second innings respectively. Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan lashed out at Rahane in the wake of his inconsistent performance in the purest form of the game.
Vaughan also questioned Team India's selection policy as to why Rahane is being given more chances. He highlighted that England selectors have done necessary changes to put the team back on track. England won the third Test by an innings and 72 runs.
“Rahane is an issue. And I think when see you these things happening, you have to make changes. England made changes, they got rid of (Zak) Crawley, they got rid of (Dominic) Sibley. I think India need to make changes. England need to see a different face or two at the (Kennington) Oval,” Vaughan said.
“I mean Rahane, is he being backed because of his vice-captaincy? Is he being backed because he played some outstanding innings in the last few years? but consistency-wise, he just doesn’t seem to find it,” Vaughan added in a statement.
England levelled the series 1-1 and with two more Test matches to go, both teams will be looking forward to winning the series. The fourth Test match will be held at The Oval on September 2.