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Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli has raised his voice over the exclusion of Chesteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane from the Indian Test team following their poor performance during the recently concluded IND vs SA Test series. Both CHesteshwar Pujara and AJinkya Rahane struggled during the entire India vs South Africa Tets series and failed to score big runs. While Ajinkya Rahane scored 136 runs in 3 matches, Pujara ended up with 124 runs.
Taking to social media Vinod Kambli while expressing his displeasure wrote that both the cricketers have been given enough chance to bounce back from their poor form. If you look at the previous series they did not perform really well even though they are the experienced campaigners in the team, new players should now be given the opportunity.
Team India after winning the toss decided to bat first but failed to put up a huge total on board. The batting lineup could only manage to put up 223 runs on board in the first innings with captain Virat Kohli leading the team from the front with a fine half-century. The 33-year old smashed 79 runs off 201 deliveries, which consisted of12 boundaries and a six. In reply, South Africa was dismissed for just 210 runs, handing Team India a lead of 13 runs and also the control of the match.
Despite the upper hand, the Team India batting lineup failed to make the advantage count by putting up poor batting effort in the second innings. Only Rishabh Pant was able to provide some fight by scoring a century in the second innings. Ultimately Team India was dismissed for just 198 runs. Apart from Pant, the other two other batters contributed with double figures, as Kohli and KL Rahul hit 29 and 10 runs. South Africa did not have much trouble chasing down the target of 212 runs set by India. The run chase was anchored by Keegan Petersen who scored a fine half-century. The proteas lost just three wickets and won the contest by 7 wickets. He has adjudged the player of the match as he smacked 72 runs in the first innings before adding another 82 runs in the second innings.