Ajinkya Rahane, Team India’s Test vice-captain, has stated that batsmen must get set and play late in order to score runs in England.
India will face New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final on June 18 at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, followed by a five-Test series against England in August-September.
“You claim that as a batsman, you enjoy challenging situations and conditions. England is a place where, if you’re prepared, the pitch can be very good for batting. I’ve always thought that the closer you play and the later you play, the better it is for you “Rahane stated in a video posted by bcci.tv.
“Another thing I believe is that as a batsman, you are never truly set. Even on 70-80, you’re never satisfied. With just one ball, there’s a chance you’ll be out “He continued.
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The 33-year-old Rahane, India’s top WTC run-getter with 1,095 runs in 17 Tests, said reaching the final wasn’t easy and that the team needed to perform as a unit.
“We’ve been playing cricket as a team for two years now, and the result is that we’re in the final. It was not an easy task. Because you know you have to give it your all in every match, “Rahane stated.
“Overall, we have performed as a unit in the cricket we have played since the WTC began in the West Indies (in 2019) until now. Yes, this is a big game, but as a team, we’ll treat it like any other. We have done an excellent job of planning. I’m excited, but this is just another game… whatever the outcome, we’ll have to accept it “He continued.
Leading the Indian team in Australia was one of Rahane’s proudest moments.
“My proudest moment in Australia was leading the country. When you become captain and lead the team, you get a different feeling, and the way we won the series in Australia, especially after losing the first Test, was the most memorable moment for me “He stated.
“That was our biggest series victory in franchise history. Personally, I am very pleased with how we performed in Australia and over the last two weeks. Right now, it’s all about this game and giving it our all.”