Veteran Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer is back again with yet another hilarious social-media post, this time on India’s selection dilemma for the second Test against New Zealand which begins on December 3 in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
India’s regular Test skipper Virat Kohli had opted out of the opening Test against New Zealand, where the visitors held India to a nail-biting draw in Kanpur. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane led the side and batted at No.4 while Shreyas Iyer was handed the debut.
With Kohli returning for the Mumbai Test, one between Rahane, Pujara and Iyer will have to dropped. Iyer scored 105 in the first innings and 65 in the second to become the first Indian ever to score a hundred and a half-century in debut Test, while Rahane and Pujara continued their lean phase, returning with poor numbers.
In an attempt to describe the dilemma over who makes way for Kohli, Jaffer shared the hilarious taxi clip from the Bollywood movie Hera Pheri.
Rahane scored 35 and 4 in the Kanpur Test as his career batting average read 39.01, the lowest he has recorded since February 2014. Pujara, on the other hand, scored only 26 and 22 in the opener. With the top-order failing, which included opener Mayank Agarwal’s poor returns with scores of 13 and 17, Iyer took the responsibility to revive the innings on both the ocassions.
His 105 off 171 guided India to 345 while in the second innings his gutsy 65, ably supported by Wriddhiman Saha’s valiant 61 not out helped India set a target of 284.
Impressed with Iyer’s efforts in the Kanpur Test, Jaffer had earlier tweeted saying that India should retain the youngster for the second Test.
“Indian team should retain @ShreyasIyer15 in the playing XI in next test #INDvNZ,” he had posted.
With the draw in Kanpur, India dropped to the third spot in the World Test Championship points table with 50 PCT from five games, standing behind Sri Lanka and Pakistan.