Ahmedabad: Former England players have been critical of spin pitches in India but they have never complained about bouncy pitches when traveling abroad, said Team India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. He also made it clear that the pitch where the last Test will be played will support the spin as it has in the last two matches. Rahane, however, said the pitch would be similar to the second Test in Chennai. Rahane spoke to the media before the start of the fourth Test against England.
We never complained
‘The pitch in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad will be similar to the spin track played in Chennai. In the Pink Test, the ball bounced towards the batsmen much faster than the red ball. Batting needs to be adjusted accordingly. When we travel abroad there is no actual discussion about pace wickets. If you do not perform well talk about the technique of batsmen. Such is the case in our country where the wicket is discussed. Let the speakers speak. Let’s take care of them, ‘said Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
More about the pitch than the game
‘On the first day of foreign tours, we saw a seaming wicket with a lawn. We didn’t talk about it every day. There is more talk of a pitch than a game when it comes to spin wickets. No need to think too much. If the ball is spinning batting should be done according to the line. Build an innings based on defense while believing in footwork. As soon as a new batsman enters the crease, his teammate must explain the pitch conditions. Batting on spin pitches is challenging. It’s not hard to run if you stand up, ‘said.
Equivalent to the World Cup
Rahane said winning the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s was level to the old World Cup for them. ‘Ishant Sharma is right. We are aiming to win the fourth Test as well as the World Test Championship to be held at Lord’s. The victory of the Test champion is equivalent to the World Cup for us. In this context, it is very important to win the fourth Test.
Umesh is happy to be available
Ajinkya Rahane said England’s performance in the last two matches was good. Umesh Yadav said he was happy to be available. Star pacer Jaspreet Bhumra has been ruled out of the fourth Test for personal reasons. The final match of the four-match series against England starts on Thursday in Motera. Currently, Team India is leading 2-1. Even if the match is drawn, it is known that the Indian team will qualify for the final of the World Test Championship.