“He Was A Bit Freakish”: Sanjay Bangar on Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal against South Africa in Centurion test

SA vs IND: Ajinkya Rahane was sacked on the 48th by Lungi Ngidi.© AFP

There was a lot of discussion about whether Ajinkya Rahane should play in the ongoing first Test between India and South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Rahane has been under the scanner for his recent performances, but was retained in the playing XI ahead of the shapely percussionist Shreyas Iyer. Even Hanuma Vihari was ignored. The senior dough, however, got off to a good start on day 1, but failed to convert it to a big crack as he was turned down at 48 by Lungi Ngidi.

Ngidi threw a short delivery outside the stump. Rahane tried a flashy short shot, but the ball bounced off the post and he sent it to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

In the course of his dismissal, former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar said Rahane was “a bit freakish” from the start, adding that the latter should have left the “shoulder-length” delivery instead of going for the cut-shot.

“He was a bit freakish even in the beginning when he threw hands after the ball. He flirted with danger by tying to play the short pass. Most times when looking to hit the ball on the back foot, the deliveries are hip length. But this (delivery of Rahane’s dismissal) was shoulder length and she should have thought about letting the ball go for shots, Bangar said on Star Sports during the lunch show.

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Ngidi took six for 71 as India were knocked out for 327 on day 3. Earlier, KL Rahul had smashed his seventh Test tone on day 1 before day 2 was canceled due to persistent rain and wet away.

At lunch on Day 3, South Africa was 21 for one after Jasprit Bumrah overcame Proteas skipper Dean Elgar.

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