Ajinkya Rahane last featured in a one-day international against South Africa in Centurion last year. @ PTI

Ajinkya Rahane last featured in a one-day international against South Africa in Centurion last year and former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar reckons that the think tank are doing grave injustice to India’s Test vice-captain and feels he should have been picked for the ongoing five-match ODI Australia series. The series stands 2-2 with the decider at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ALSO READ: Ajinkya Rahane wants consistent run in limited-overs cricket)

“I feel by ignoring talented and experienced Ajinkya, the Indian think tank is doing grave injustice to him. He is a proven batsman in the English conditions and an outstanding fielder too,” Vengsakar, a former chairman of selectors, told Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday.

The No. 4 slot has been thrown open since the failures of Ambati Rayudu and Vengsakar believes that Rahane would be the apt choice for the position. “He (Ajinkya) will give the middle order the much-needed solidity besides the option as an opening batsman too as he has the experience of opening and also batting at No 4,” he has felt. (ALSO READ: Kuldeep has been bowling well, but Ashwin is still the best: Muralitharan)

According to Vengsarkar, Rahane has the ability to take on the bowlers and can be entrusted with the responsibility to build an innings.

“Mind you, it’s not a Twenty20 tournament but the 50-over World Cup where building a team total will decide the fate of the teams. We need a total of at least 280 in every game,” he said.

He also feels that the exclusions of Ravichandran Ashwin has been unfortunate. “They have decided on Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as spinners. That rules out R Ashwin completely. I feel it is unfortunate because he is a class spinner and he will be more than handy in the English conditions.” (ALSO READ: Chahal and I haven’t pipped anyone: Kuldeep on shutting the door on Ashwin, Jadeja)

When asked about the performance of the MSK Prasad-led selection committee, Vengsakar believes the panel have done well so far.