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BCCI Covers Rahane’s Omission From 2nd Test With ‘Fake Injury’ & Thinks Fans Are Fools

With everything to play for, the toss for the second Test between India and New Zealand in Mumbai was delayed due to poor ground conditions.

Update from Mumbai : The toss has been delayed. There will be a pitch inspection at 9:30 AM. #TeamIndia #INDvNZ @Paytm pic.twitter.com/5Uw0DKV90A

— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2021

Apart from inclement weather, the other biggest talking point ahead of the Mumbai Test was whether Ajinkya Rahane, who captained the side in the series opener, would feature in the Playing XI now that regular skipper Virat Kohli has rejoined the squad.

Hello & good morning from Mumbai for the second @Paytm #INDvNZ Test! #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Pvkm9F2WbG

— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2021

There were some reports that suggested that the Indian team management was not in favour of dropping vice-captain Rahane and was instead thinking about sacrificing specialist opener Mayank Agarwal to accommodate the Mumbai batter.

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Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of the 2nd Test.

More details here – https://t.co/ui9RXK1Vux #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/qdWDPp0MIz

— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2021

However, all these speculations were put to rest when the BCCI issued a press release just two minutes before the scheduled start stating that Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma have all been ruled out of the Wankhede encounter due to various injuries.

According to the BCCI, Ishant dislocated his left little finger, Jadeja injured his right forearm while Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain.

© Twitter/BCCI

The BCCI’s media statement further added that all three players suffered injuries at different stages during the Kanpur Test and were not able to recover on time to be considered for the series-decider.

“Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress,” the BCCI stated in its media statement.

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“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai.

“Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team,” it added.

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Among all three injury omissions, Jadeja’s news came as a big surprise to the Indian supporters because not many had anticipated him missing such a crucial match.

Ishant’s injury didn’t evoke much reaction on social media but Rahane’s omission gave air to a lot of chatter on the micro-blogging site, with people arguing whether he was really injured or it was just a ploy to cover up for his poor form.

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A majority of the supporters felt that it was just an excuse because the team management had no other option and they didn’t want to give the impression that they were dropping one of their senior players owing to his struggles with the bat.

Even former Indian opener Aakash Chopra felt that the team management finds it more convenient to rule a player out with injury than saying he was dropped due to poor form. “It’s kinda convenient,” Chopra tweeted.

It’s kinda convenient…

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 3, 2021

After the announcement, the Indian board became a butt of jokes on social media. A user said that if it were to Team India it would have replaced the word dropped with injured in the dictionary. Another user quipped that nowadays it has become a trend to shield the dropped player by stating that he is out with injury.

Dropping to be named as injured in Oxforf dictionary

— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) December 3, 2021

India players don’t get dropped anymore; they just get injured.

— GAURAB (@gaurab_sinha) December 3, 2021

India players don’t get dropped anymore; they just get injured.

— GAURAB (@gaurab_sinha) December 3, 2021

Rahane injury pic.twitter.com/pcyBP3YuLC

— Mehran मेहरन (@mehranzaidi) December 3, 2021

Nowadays new trend,if u want to drop some players just say they are injured

— Midhun M.G (@midhunok) December 3, 2021

Fake injury to bahane

— Professor samuel oak (@prof_oak123) December 3, 2021

Finally Rahane ne khud ko bat mar liya

— #SHEKHAWAT (@Shekaw014) December 3, 2021

Arre jadeja ko injured nhi karwana tha

— 71st Loading…. (@guruDatta23) December 3, 2021

Rahane gone..,but why jadeja .?

— Akshita (@iamakshitas) December 3, 2021

Rahane himself made injury for team sake,
So selfless Rahane pic.twitter.com/6qRCaX9Fz9

— Guru (@okguru123) December 3, 2021

Do you think Rahane injury is just a cover for dropping him?

— Tanya⁷ (@btsMeowSa) December 3, 2021

Nowadays new trend,if u want to drop some players just say they are injured

— Midhun M.G (@midhunok) December 3, 2021

The biggest question is if the players were really injured then why did the BCCI wait till the last moment to rule them out. Even Kohli who addressed the reporters on the eve of the match didn’t mention anything about the injury. The only update he gave was about Wriddhiman Saha, who couldn’t keep wickets for the majority of the Kanpur Test due to a neck spasm, was available for selection.

Rather than waiting till the last moment, had the team management announced it much earlier they would have avoided being mocked like this on the social networking sites. If they are listening, our only advice to them would be to bring more transparency into their decision-making and learn how to call a spade a spade and not beat around the bush.

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