Ajinkya Rahane    AFP (File Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane AFP (File Photo)

India‘s vice-captain in Tests, Ajinkya Rahane, is not having a good time with the bat. His last 8 First-Class innings read: 0, 49, 45, 0, 0, 4, 2, 1.

Rahane is too good a player, but his shot selections have been disappointing to say the least. He faltered once again on the opening day of the ongoing final Test versus Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar said that Rahane would be blaming himself for his wayward shot selections, but he backs him to bounce back soon.

‘He is too good a player to miss out for long’

“He would be disappointed in the manner he got out. He is somebody who works hard on his game like all players do. May be last match and this match, he erred in shot selection. I think that would be hurting him definitely but he is a quality player, and going forward, even his overseas record has been phenomenal, yeah he would be disappointed. He is a quality player and has the ability to bounce back quickly. He will be hurting with the kind of dismissals he has had, but he is too good a player to not making runs for long time.”

India are comfortably placed at 371 for 4 at stumps on Day One. The last wicket of the day was Rahane, falling for 1. The day, however, was ruled by centurions Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli (unbeaten on 156). India would like to add more agony on visitors on Sunday.