Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has called Ajinkya Rahane lucky for being a part of the team for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Ajinkya Rahane, who has failed to score big in the last few Test series, is standing on a thin ice, according to former India cricketer Aakash Chopra. Rahane will be leading Team India in the Kanpur Test in Virat Kohli’s absence.

Aakash said Rahane needs to make significant contributions with the bat.

“It is an important series for him. He is the captain (for the first Test) but, according to me, he is on thin ice. There is no doubt that he is a good captain. He was the leader when India won in Australia and he also scored a hundred in Melbourne. However, after that, his numbers have slid. There has been the odd good performance here and there, but he has not had that big series. That has been the pattern of his entire career.”

Rahane has played more than 70 Tests but he is yet to have a big series.

“Ever after 70-odd Tests, his place in the team is under the scanner despite him being the vice-captain. The main problem with him is his consistency. Even in the Australia series, apart from the the hundred, there was no meaningful score. In the home series against England as well, he had one good score. The story was the same when India went to England as he got that one fifty at Lord’s. He hasn’t scored 500 runs in a Test series yet, which should have happened by now.”

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