Ajinkya Rahane was once again in the midst of a social media uproar. The veteran batter was fired for another low of 9 on Day 1 of the third test match between India and South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town, but what annoyed fans more was his decision to write a review. In the first pitch of the 42nd left of the Indian innings, Kagiso Rabada got one to straighten out with a nagging line around the stump. Rahane closed the face early and the ball appeared to have brushed his bat and then the pads before reaching the wicketkeeper’s gloves. The South African players went up in a huge roll call and Rahane was called out by the umpire on the field.
India’s No. 5 quickly opted for the DRS, raising hopes that the decision would be reversed. But it turned out that the reps showed a definite spike when the ball passed his bat. Rahane had to make the long walk back for 9 as India lost their fourth wicket.
To be fair to Rahane, the ball could have brushed over his thigh pads almost immediately after passing his bat, perhaps causing confusion in his mind, but Twitter users had none of it.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Ajinkya Rahane’s Failed Review
— Sanket Bohidar (@Creed_Indian96) January 11, 2022
— SABC Sports (@SPORTATSABC) January 11, 2022
— Kunal Singh Pundir (@pundir_kunal) January 11, 2022
I hope it’s not a review of Rahane’s career.
— Sudhanwa Pathak MBBS (@pathaksudh) January 11, 2022
He has moved forward in time and seen that India does not need that assessment. As with everything Rahane does, this is also based on the needs of the team. https://t.co/wBsLK57MYa
— Alagappan Vijayakumar (@IndianMourinho) January 11, 2022
Rahane hasn’t been in the best shape for quite some time now. He did show signs of improvement with an attacking fifty in the second innings in Johannesburg, but another low on Tuesday made it difficult for the righthander.
India captain Virat Kohli, who is making a comeback to the side after missing the previous Test due to a back spasm, showed admirable patience in battling the South African pacesetters.
India lost their openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal early after choosing to hit first. Then there was a solid partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara (43) and Kohli before the former was fired by Marco Jansen.
The three-game series is currently at 1-1. India is looking forward to their first Test series win on South African soil.
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