<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ajinkya Rahane should be given a chance to play in the Delhi Test: Sourav Ganguly" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130221205832.jpg" title="Ajinkya Rahane should be given a chance to play in the Delhi Test: Sourav Ganguly" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sourav Ganguly said Ajinkya Rahane has sat out for long and it's not healthy for a player's development © Getty Images</p> </div> <b>Kolkata: Mar 21, 2013</b><br /> <br /> Former India captain <a href="/tags/Sourav-Ganguly/post" target="_blank">Sourav Ganguly</a> feels it's time that Mumbai batsman <a href="/tags/Ajinkya-Rahane/post" target="_blank">Ajinkya Rahane</a> get his maiden Test cap in the fourth and final Test against Australia beginning in the capital on Friday.<br /> <br /> "Rahane has sat out for long. It's not healthy for a player's development. I think he should play and open the innings and [Cheteshwar] Pujara should stick to No 3," Ganguly said about Rahane who has been part of the India's Test squads for about 16 months.<br /> <br /> Ganguly felt that <a href="/tags/Shikhar-Dhawan/post" target="_blank">Shikhar Dhawan</a>'s injury might just give Rahane the much-waited opening into the team.<br /> <br /> Recalling about Suresh Raina's celebrated debut against Sri Lanka in July 2010, Ganguly said: "<a href="/tags/Yuvraj-Singh/post" target="_blank">Yuvraj Singh</a> was unfit then as Raina got his maiden Test cap and scored 120 -- the last century on debut before Dhawan's [in Mohali] knock."<br /> <br /> Dhawan, who hit a record-breaking 187 on his debut at Mohali Test, was ruled out for six weeks with a fracture to his left-hand as the selectors drafted in Raina in the only change to the squad for the last Test.<br /> <br /> Ganguly further said India were in course for an unprecedented 4-0 whitewash with another spin-fare at Kotla.<br /> <br /> "I would not be surprised if the Aussies were handed a 4-0 defeat," Ganguly told a regional TV channel.<br /> <br /> There might be a cloud of uncertainity over skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> but Ganguly said, "In such times of crisis, Clarke is the right person to lead the side.<br /> <br /> "I'm not sure about the extent of his injury but if Clarke should play if he's 50-50 fit."<br /> <br /> With Indians playing non-stop cricket, Ganguly hoped that the players remain fit for the <a href="/tags/ICC-Champions-Trophy-2013/post" target="_blank">ICC Champions Trophy</a> in England.<br /> <br /> "It's tough for them as they have IPL and after a few days break India take on South Africa in the Champions Trophy.<br /> <br /> I just hope that all are fit to play the Champions Trophy."