AJINKYA RAHANE SAYS THE PITCH FOR THE SECOND TEST LOOKS “COMPLETELY DIFFERENT”
India lost the first test match in a 4-test series against England by 227 runs. Yes, the bowlers did not have much chance on that pitch but this fresh pitch seems to be promising as per the vice-captain of the Indian team, AjinkyaRahane. The vice-captain expects the pitch to provide serious to ball from the very first day of the second match. Second test which is going to be held at Chepauk like the first test would give Indian team a chance to stay in the game for the World Test Championship. The pitch for the second test seems to be a heaven for spinners in the game that will begin on Saturday.
“I AM SURE IT WILL TURN FROM DAY 1”
Ajinkya Rahane sure is hopeful but that is hope is mixed with skepticism. He is looking forward to be playing on a pitch which will do a lot good for the spinners but he wats to wait and see the game to give his final verdict. He said, “I am sure it will turn from day 1 but again as I have said before the first test match, you have to wait and see how it plays in the first session and take it from there on.”
Vice-captain also recalled the huge defeat of the first match but admitted that the team needed to move on. They knew the conditions fairly well and it was not the time to think but act for the next match. Rahane said, “…we have to forget what happened in the first test. We know these conditions really well and we have to put our best foot forward tomorrow”.
NO INFORMATION DIVULGED ABOUT PLAYING XI
Rahane did not divulge any information about the playing XI for the second test even after knowing that Axar Patel is available. He did express his happiness on the fact that Axar was fit and ready to join the team but when asked about the playing squad he said, “…I am not going to tell you who is going to play tomorrow. All our spinners are really good and given a chance they will all do really well.”
BOWLERS ARE WORKING HARD.
Rahane also defended the bowlers by saying that the pitch did not offer anything to the bowlers and considering the fact that, “we bowled 190 overs and they scored 578 runs, I thought we really bowled well.” He appreciated Ashwin and other bowlers too for doing justice with what the pitch offered them and said that they would come up with a plan.
Rahane was asked about the 27 no balls and 31 dropped catches during the first test and especially in comparison to Australia vs India series. Rahane did not think that it was something to be worries about. He did say that they needed to work harder and “No one does it intentionally, it’s all about how confident you are.”