Vice Test Captain India Ajinkya Rahane advised that batsmen should not overthink when facing the spinning ball. According to him, it is important to focus only on the play of the line of the ball.
Speaking in a virtual press conference ahead of the fourth test, Ajinkya Rahane said batsmen need to support their defense whether they are playing on a rotating or welded surface. He said:
“When you play on tracks that turn, you have to play the line, and you know it. We haven’t played so many games in India in the past two or three years. Whether you’re playing on a stitched wicket or a revolving gate, it’s also about playing that line. If the ball spins too much, you don’t have to think about it. You just play the line. If you miss the ball, you miss the ball, that’s it. It’s about supporting your defense and your ability to turn or crimp the gate is key. This is what we follow. “
However, Rahane admitted that the challenge of playing with the pink ball was on a whole different level, as the ball was slipping more than usual. The 32-year-old further said:
“With the pink ball, it was completely different. The ball was slipping. Outside the box office, the pace was completely different. This was our third test with the pink ball. We need to practice more with the pink ball. It’s all about fit and practice and the process you go through. Like I said, when you play the spinning ball, it’s all about playing the line.
You need to train to play spinning bowlers: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a famous victory in the Down Under test series, said India has been working hard to play spinning ball since playing more overseas tests recently. He stated:
“During practice we decided that we were going to focus on spin bowling, because in India you get these wickets. Speaking of Test Cricket, the last time we played in India was against South Africa in 2018-19. After that we play against England. So yes, you do need some practice to bowl bowlers.
Ajinkya Rahane will be eager to hit hard in Ahmedabad. He’s only been successful for half a century in the series so far.