“Possibly there was a responsible conscience in his mind” – Gavaskar said on Ajinkya Rahane’s removal




Sunil Gavaskar thinks the happy respite given by the 3rd umpire to Ajinkya Rahane might have played on some sense and led to his ultimate withdrawal.

Ajinkya Rahane gloved a Jack Leach supply to Ollie Pope at brief-leg but the 3rd umpire declined England’s examine without watching the full picture.

The Indian vice-captain realized that was bowled by Moeen Ali in the really later than the over a little while playing a sweep shot against the off-spinner.

Think on Ajinkya Rahane’s removal during talks on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar counued noted that the reprieve he got could have worry his mind and contributed to him finally leaving.

“There was an appeal before he got out which was referred to the third umpire. When he played, the ball did not hit the bat but when it came up after hitting the thigh pad, it was clearly evident that it had hit his glove which means he was out. So, probably that was in his mind. He is an honest cricketer and probably there was a guilty conscience in his mind and he played half-heartedly and got bowled,” said Gavaskar.


Still, the former Indian captain feels Ajinkya Rahane will be a little sad for not going on to breach the 3-figure mark.

“He will be slightly disappointed with himself with the way he got out because a century was in front of him the way he was batting, the way he was playing the fast bowlers and the spinners by going forward. He was using the sweep also at times and it seemed he will also score a century today,” observed Gavaskar.

“Ajinkya Rahane’s body language was extremely positive” – Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar said that the Indian vice-captain seemed more assured in the centre compared to the first test.


“The first ball he got was like a Diwali gift, a full toss. So he would have thought that Diwali had come in February and opened his account with a boundary. And after that his self-confidence increased, his body language was extremely positive which was not the case in the first Test,” said Gavaskar.

The famous commentator signed off by express that Ajinkya Rahane had played some pleasant shots during the course of his innings and lauded his association with Rohit Sharma.

“It felt he wanted to make a big score, and he was batting like that. He was going down the wicket as well as going back to play the cut shot. He played a late cut when the ball was just about to go into the wicketkeeper’s gloves, and it was a perfect shot. It was enjoyable to see Rohit and Rahane bat,” Gavaskar added.

Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma seamed each other a 162-run partnership for the 4th wicket after India were reduction to a score of 86/3. Even though the duo fell in rapid succession, they seem to have put the hosts in a good position on a track adjust-made for the spinners.

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