New Delhi: Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin was critical of Indian team management’s decision to bench Ajinkya Rahane during the 0-2 Twenty20 series defeat against South Africa, terming him as a far better player than Ambati Rayudu.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ajinkya Rahane’s technique or temperament. It was the most unfortunate thing that he had to sit out during the T20 series. When he was finally picked, it was too late as series was lost. With due respect to Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya is a far better player. How can you bench your best batsman after Virat Kohli,” Azharuddin told PTI during an interaction on sidelines of Delhi’s Ranji Trophy match at Feroz Shah Kotla.
“Rahane is an attacking player and has all the shots. He has to bat up the order,” he added.
The veteran of 99 Tests and 334 ODIs also made it clear that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is “not the player he used to be” and has to bat up the order.