Rahane is a good No. 5 with his operation of shots, ability to play with tail-enders: Dravid

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Mumbai: Joining a discuss over Ajinkya Rahane’s batting sequence in Tests, former India captain Rahul Dravid pronounced currently he prefers his one-time Rajasthan Royals teammate to bat during no. 5 and not one-down, a position he was sent in a final dual Tests in Sri Lanka recently.

“He’s good during no. 5, or even 4, since of his ability to play with a tail-enders, a operation of shots he possesses and for a event he would get to face a second new round too,” a visibly demure Dravid told former Test opener Aakash Chopra during a launch of a latter’s book “The Insider” here.

File design of Ajinkya Rahane. APFile design of Ajinkya Rahane. AP

File design of Ajinkya Rahane. AP

It was engaging to note that Rahane was sitting by his side on a dais when Chopra put a doubt to a 42- year-old cricket legend, “Ajinkya during no. 3 or 5, what do we want?”

The discuss has arisen as Rahane, who has been a many unchanging of all Indian center sequence batsmen on a abroad tours to South Africa, New Zealand, England and South Africa – during no. 5 – was asked to bat during no. 3 in a second and third Tests opposite Lanka, both played during Colombo and won by India for a 2-1 array win, after he had batted during no. 5 in a mislaid initial Test during Galle.

While scoring a second innings century for a winning means during a P Sara Oval in a second Test, Rahane unsuccessful to strech double total in a other 3 innings in that he batted during no. 3.

His Mumbai teammate Rohit Sharma, who flopped during no. 3 in a array opener, done dual half centuries (79 and 50) and also got good starts in a other dual innings in that he was demoted to no. 5 – a container formerly assigned by Rahane.

Another cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, was sardonic in his views about a change in batting sequence during a second Test while articulate to a TV channel.

“I have usually got to be blunt. They have usually sacrificed a good man. He’s one of those good and still guys who won’t contend anything. He has been pushed to array 3 when he had success during array five. It’s tough on him.

“But he will do whatever is needed. He comes from Rahul Dravid school. Rahul had also batted during no. 3 and 5.

He’s Rahane’s coach and he (Rahane) will do a same thing,” Gavaskar said.

However, Dravid pronounced that during times, like it happened during a just-concluded Test array in Sri Lanka, Rahane would have to come adult a sequence and bat during no. 3 to assistance a team’s cause.

“At times for a consequence of a group he might have to bat during no. 3, as it happened in Lanka,” pronounced India’s many successful no. 3 Test batsman.

The 164-Test maestro was full of regard for Rahane for a demeanour in that he has waited by scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket to force his approach into a Indian patrol and then, once he did so, nailing that mark with unchanging batting.

“The usually similarities between us that we see is that both of us had to wait for 4-5 years and measure a lot of runs during and 60 normal in domestic cricket before violation into a Indian team. He has many some-more shots than me. Ajinkya, perhaps, has been a best batsman over a final few array overseas. He has strike so many hundreds. He has good potential,” Dravid gushed in regard of a 27-year-old.

Dravid, who binds a universe record for a array of catches (210) taken in Tests by a fielder other than a wicket-keeper, singled out a throwing of a Virat Kohli-led patrol in a array in Lanka as “exceptional”.

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“Some of a catches we saw in a array were exceptional. For instance a locate by Rahane off (Kumar) Sangakkara (off Ravichandran Ashwin in a initial innings of a initial Test).”

He pronounced with a foe for a batting spots heightening in a team, following a match-winning century (145) by quip male Cheteshwar Pujara, a really engaging time is in a offing for Indian cricket.

“India has a lot of options once a harmed Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay return. There is Rahane, there is (K L) Rahul, Virat himself. Rohit has strike a few half centuries recently and Pujara was exceptional. It’s an engaging time for Indian cricket.”

Dravid felt that in modern-day Test cricket, where importance is on aggressive batting, a positives of rotating a strike by holding singles – with a in-out margin employed by many captains – was equally important.

“Players need to conflict improved than what they are doing now opposite in-out fields,” he explained.