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India corona update 
Total Fatalities 425,195
Total Cases 31,726,507
Today's Fatalities 422
Today's Cases 30,549

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Rahane’s lean patch not a concern, feels Dravid

Ajinkya Rahane (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA head coach Rahul Dravid has said that Ajinkya Rahane’s lean patch with the bat is not a cause of concern and he can turn things around in a single knock.

Rahane, who led India in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, scored 35 and four in the two outings in the drawn game. He has made only two fifties in 12 Tests in 2021.

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“You don’t get worried. Of course you would like more runs from Ajinkya. I am sure he would like a few more runs. He is a quality player,” Dravid, who is overseeing Team India for the first team in a full-fledged series after succeeding Ravi Shastri, told a news conference on Tuesday (30).

New Zealand last pair keeps India bay in Kanpur

India head coach Rahul Dravid with Shreyas Iyer (ANI Photo)

“He has done well for India in the past. He is one of those guys who has that quality. He has the experience. Hopefully it’s just a matter of an innings, a matter of a game, where he can turn it around,” Dravid, a former India captain and one of the best middle-order batters the country has produced, said.

The coach also praised Test debutant Shreyas Iyer who slammed a hundred and a half-century in the two innings in Kanpur but stopped short of declaring him an automatic pick for the second Test starting in Mumbai on Friday (3).

“A young kid doing well in his first test for India and it’s not only a good reflection of that person but also a good reflection of the system,” Dravid said, adding, “Shreyas had to work very hard and had to earn it. It wasn’t easy for him.

“We haven’t decided what will be our playing 11 and it’s too early … Our focus was on this game and when we go to Mumbai, we will assess the conditions and check people’s fitness,” he said.

Speculation is rife over either Rahane or Cheteshwar Pujara, another middle-order batter who has lost his touch of late, getting the axe to make way for Kohli.

New Zealand managed to draw the first Test after their last pair held the fort for nearly 10 overs to leave the Indian bowlers frustrated on a fifth-day pitch.

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