Ajinkya Rahane has been struggling for long in Test cricket. He scored 268 runs in Australia while managing 112 runs in the home series against England.
His amassed 109 runs on the England tour and only accumulated 39 runs in the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur.
There are doubts over his place in the Playing XI for the second Test in Mumbai. With Virat returning to lead the side, Rahane’s could be dropped from the side.
However, former India cricketer VVS Laxman feels Rahane’s place is safe and Iyer might miss out.
“You want someone in Mumbai to play in good form. However, I think there is an unwritten rule that whoever is injured or whoever misses out… the senior player, in this case, Virat Kohli, will return and senior players Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara who haven’t been in great form, especially Ajinkya Rahane will still get one more chance in Mumbai. I don’t think Rahul Dravid or Virat Kohli will leave out Rahane,” he told Star Sports.
“Unfortunately, it will force the team to leave out someone who has had a fantastic debut. It will be unfortunate but I think that has been the rule as far this Indian team is concerned.”