Ajinkya Rahane living in denial about his batting form: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_img Rohan Sen MohaliApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 11:41 IST Ajinkya Rahane demoted himself from the opener’s position for the first time in IPL 2019 on Tuesday (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRahane has scored just 201 runs from 8 matches so far at 25.12 with one fiftyRahane scored 26 off 21 balls as RR (170/7) lost to KXIP (182/6) by 12 runsRajasthan Royals are languishing in seventh place with just two wins from 8 matchesAjinkya Rahane is struggling both as captain and batsman in the ongoing Indian Premier League season and things just got from bad to worse for the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday night as they suffered a 12-run loss against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.Rajasthan Royals are languishing in seventh place with just two wins from 8 matches so far and are just ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have recorded one win so far.Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form with the bat has contributed to Rajasthan’s string of losses this season with their captain having scored just 201 runs from 8 matches so far at 25.12 with one half-century.Rahane is no longer considered for selection in India’s limited-overs teams due to his inconsistent run in the shorter formats. He last played an ODI for Indian in February last year and was not even considered for selection in India’s World Cup squad earlier this month.Even in Test cricket, India’s vice-captain has been far from impressive in the last two years, averaging just over 24 and 37 in 2018 and 2019, respectively.Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Rahane needs to accept the mistakes that he is making as a batsman and only then can he start improving on his game.”Have felt this for a while now, Ajinkya Rahane is living in denial about his batting form. Once he accepts that there is a problem with his batting, then only can the repair work begin,” Manjrekar tweeted after Rajasthan’s sixth loss in IPL 2019 on Tuesday night.Have felt this for a while now, Ajinkya Rahane is living in denial about his batting form. Once he accepts that there is a problem with his batting, then only can the repair work begin.#RRvKXIPadvertisementSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 16, 2019For the first time this season, Rahane demoted himself in the batting order and came out at No.4 but struggled from the onset as the Royals chased a challenging target of 182 at the IS Bindra stadium.Rahane scored 26 off 21 balls and failed to lead from the front once again as Kings XI won easily at the end, restricting the Royals to 170 for 7 in 20 overs.Royals were off to a flying start despite losing Jos Buttler (23) early.Tripathi and Samson were going about their job perfectly when Ashwin first castled Samson and then also did not allow Rahane and Tripathi to guide the team through as the batsman holed out to Mayank Agarwal at long off.Once Rahane was gone, Ashton Turner (0) failed on debut while Jofra Archer (1), who starred with the ball, could not impress too.Also Read | The race is heating up: R Ashwin after KXIP win their 5th match of IPL 2019Also Read | Watch: R Ashwin does bhangra after starring in KXIP’s 12-run win vs RRAlso Read | KXIP vs RR Highlights, IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Sanjay ManjrekarFollow IPL 2019 graphs commentary view more view less No data available!center_img Ajinkya Rahane living in denial about his batting form: Sanjay ManjrekarAjinkya Rahane struggled to get going once again on Tuesday night as Rajasthan Royals lost to Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali. advertisement scorecardlast_img

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