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‘Not my job to sit here and discuss that’ – Virat Kohli tight-lipped on Rahane and Pujara’s Test future after Cape Town loss

By Alan

January 15, 2022

Team India Test skipper Virat Kohli has refused to make any comments on what the future holds for senior Test specialists Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara after the recent Test series loss on South African soil.

Both Rahane and Pujara had registered only one half-century each throughout the series and coincidentally that happened to be in the second innings of the second Test in Johannesburg with the former scoring 58 and the number three batter scoring 53, respectively.

‘I obviously can’t comment on that’: Virat Kohli

“We need to step up with the bat. There is no running away from that. To answer this question, I can’t sit here and talk about what’s going to happen in the future. That’s not for me to sit here and discuss. You have to speak to the selectors to find out what they have in mind, that’s not my job,” said Virat Kohli during the post-match press conference.

“As I said before and I will say again, we have continued to back Cheteshwar and Ajinkya because of the kind of players they are and what they have done in Test cricket over the years. They have done well in crucial situations, you saw that in the second Test as well with that important partnership in the second innings which got us to a total that we could fight for,” he added.

Ajinkya Rahane finished the tour with  136 runs at an average of 22.66, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara amassed 124 runs averaging 20.66. With no phenomenal achievements to show in the last 12 months which also included the ICC WTC Final and the subsequent Test series against England in the UK, it remains to be seen whether the selectors would yet again back the senior batters in next month’s home Test series against Sri Lanka or look for replacements.