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The Great Indian Middle Order Crisis Thread

Arachnodouche

International Vice-Captain
Rahane might have turned the corner in PE. Of course him being Rahane it could be yet another false dawn but he looked authoritative in every aspect of his batting in the last game. Hope he really piles on now.
 

loterry1994

School Boy/Girl Cricketer
For me Virat needs to bat up at number 3. He still looks the best of the 3, he always looks good until he gets out to some really reckless shot which he rarely use to. His discipline hasn’t been there the last few years. Rahane looks the worse of the lot and probably been given a longer rope because of his vice captaincy and experience. Pujara seems to have less scoring options now.

If they can sort of their middle order somehow and with their current like of fast bowlers they could really dominate over the next five years.
 

OverratedSanity

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They've been so bad that I don't care how technically flawed Vihari and Iyer look. Its extremely unfair to not give them opportunities to prove how good/bad they are. Its also really strange how ruthless the team management are with changes to the bowling lineup but so stubbornly loyal to perennially underperforming batsmen.

I also can't help but put on my Kohli h8er hat on and say that Kohli was willing to drop both rahane and Pujara (sometimes very unfairly) when he himself was in great form in 2014-18. Now that his own returns have plummeted he suddenly feels they're both undroppable? Is he worried that asking for them to be dropped would put a bigger spotlight on his own place in the team and put a target on his back to be next to the guillotine? Hmmmm,interesting. I'm only half joking here. It is a very jarring change in philosophy from just a few years ago.
 

ma1978

U19 12th Man
The thing is Rahane has played a pretty critical role in three of our five recent overseas test wins - Melbourne, Lords (that 61 saves our ass at a very difficult time) and now in Pretoria.
 

sunilz

International Debutant
Pujara is the only Indian player to feature in every SENA victory since 2010. He is our lucky charm.
 

Apex Predator

First Class Debutant
Pujara has to go.. He's worst among the three. Rahane still has utility in the field & his occasional quick cameos. Pujara just can't score
 

centurymaker

International Captain
Kohli and Pujara are scoring a 50 every 5th innings. Rahane is getting a 50+ score every 10th innings.

Pujara can stay but Rahane needs to be moved on after the SA series as he is still ok overseas but terrible at home. And 'next set of big away tours' won't be until 3+ years!!!

There are batters who will fare far better than him at home in the next 2-3 years!
 
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centurymaker

International Captain
With almost no big away series lined up until 3 years from now (as India has played all in last 1 year), this is the ideal time to groom next set of emerging batsmen just like they did in 2012-2013. With majority of cricket at home along with some easier away tours, this is really the time to settle in the likes of Iyer, Gill and co. They will fare well enough at home anyway so India doesn't miss out on much by not having a guy like Rahane at home in the coming years. Pujara could also be moved on in a year or so, maybe a bit after the Australia series at home if he maintains sub 35 avg form.
 

Apex Predator

First Class Debutant
Lol Pujara did f** all at home vs England last year.. In England both Rahane & Pujara scored soft runs in Leeds I guess. Pujara failed again vs NZ & got to play 2 tests... Rahane got dropped in 2nd.
From a naked eye perspective seeing Rahane smashing fierce square cuts & drives seems like he will enjoy scoring random useful cameos in Highveld.. No fan of him but can't see Pujara doing anything in these games. He should be first one to go. He has been struggling since 2019.. At least Rahane has MCG 100 to talk about. Pujara has nothing to show for it
Also Kohli seems keen to keep them both as their struggles makes him look better.
Question marks are raised on them but not Kohli who himself is just as bad for almost 2 years
 

Apex Predator

First Class Debutant
Another myth buster that Pujara is better than Rahane..
Rahane averages 36 since 2018 WI tour
Pujara averages 27 let that sink in...
 

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