In the last few months, former India Test vice-captains, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have found themselves out of the team. After the World Test Championship final 2023 loss against Australia, the former was dropped from the team. A series later, Rahane was also dropped. Both found themselves out of the team while the national side was in South Africa for two Tests.
Meanwhile, ahead of the upcoming Ranji Trophy season, both batters have uploaded their videos of practicing on social media. The first one to do was Rahane and recently, Pujara did the same.
Ranji Trophy prep mode: 🔛 pic.twitter.com/kFN3PyvTHx— Cheteshwar Pujara (@cheteshwar1) December 30, 2023
No rest days 🏏 pic.twitter.com/EM218MqMhK— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) December 29, 2023
Sport doesn't remain with you forever: Sourav Ganguly
Meanwhile, during an interview, the former India skipper was asked about the exclusion of Pujara and Rahane
"At some point of time you have to play new talents. It happens, there is enormous talent in India and the team has to progress. Pujara and Rahane had enormous success for India, sport doesn't remain with you forever," Ganguly said at the sidelines of an event.
"You cannot be there forever, it will happen to everyone. I must thank them what they have done for Indian cricket and selectors want fresh faces, so that's the way it is."