Ajinkya Rahane in Bangladesh Test at Hyderabad
Question in detail
Team India is facing selection dilemma ahead of the one-off Test against Bangladesh. Should there be Rahane, Nair or both? It's hard to assert what would be the right combination. Well, it would come as no surprise if India sticks to their combination of five bowlers. As the things stand, only one of them will play. Notably, the combination will remain the same (5-3-2) in either case. However, what's important is to strike a proper balance in the team, no matter who goes out or who comes in.
There may be reasons for Nair's inclusion; a triple-ton in the very fourth Test of his career is what makes Nair a default choice in the lower-order. But then Rahane's contribution to India's winning streak is not something forgettable. He's been just phenomenal across conditions! And also with Ajinkya Rahane in Bangladesh Test, India would ease the slip fielding woes in the process. So, Rahane seamlessly appears to be slotting back in at No. 5.
Indian coach Anil Kumble cleared that Nair's triple-century might not earn him an automatic spot in the playing XI against Bangladesh. It sounds quite unfair to miss out someone who scored a triple-hundred in the last Test, but Nair won't be certainly the first to suffer such a dubious distinction. Given the statement above, Karun Nair in Bangladesh Test is likely to miss bus.
Ajinkya Rahane was ruled out following a finger injury which he suffered during the third Test against England. This paved way for Nair to the fifth Test of the series wherein he slammed an unbeaten triple-century. If India goes with Ajinkya Rahane in Bangladesh Test, Nair would probably be one of a few men to miss their next game after such a heroic performance. This is quite unfortunate not to see Karun Nair in Bangladesh Test. Isn't it?
Who out of Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair will become a part of the playing XI of team India against Bangladesh?