SA vs IND, 2nd Test: Fans’ reaction on Twitter about Cheteshwar

With skipper Virat Kohli missing out on the second Test against South Africa, India patted their backs against the wall for the loss of three wickets before lunch in the first innings of the first day at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The visitors started well but lost crucial wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane early on. Fans were especially disappointed with the departure of veterans Rahane and Pujara. Pujara came at no. 3, could only manage three runs off 33 balls before losing his wicket to Duane Oliver in the 24th over. Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane was sent back to the pavilion for a golden duck on the very next delivery.

A fan took to Twitter to ask the selectors to drop the two.

“The way Pujara & Rahane are playing, they should be dropped. They’ve got too many chances & they’re suppressing young and up-and-coming talent. Iyer & Vihari are two great replacements,” the fan tweeted.

Meanwhile, another fan compared the two to Rohit Sharma.

“The way Pujara and Rahane are getting opportunities after successive failures in their Test career, if Rohit had also got the same number of chances in his Test career, then… Rohit’s Test numbers compare to all the players of the current generation. I look far better.”, wrote the fan.

Another user said, “Rahane and Pujara have served Indian cricket well, but it’s time to move on.”

Meanwhile, another user had a funny side to things.

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The user quipped, “There is no bigger score than friendship. Rahane got out before he could criticize Pujara. A true friend protects another.”

Here are some other reactions:

KL Rahul (stand-in captain) and Hanuma Vihari are currently batting for India and will be aiming to provide some stability. After scoring a century in the first Test, Rahul’s target will be particularly good.

The visitors won the first Test of the three-match series at Centurion by 113 runs.

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