World Test Championship final: Ajinkya Rahane says batting straight and close to body key to success in English conditions

World Test Championship final: Ajinkya Rahane says batting straight and close to body key to success in English conditions

Southampton: India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes that a batsman who loves challenge will relish the unpredictable conditions in England and said the key to achieve success there is to play straight and close to the body.

“Batsmen who enjoy batting in challenging conditions will relish in England. If you get set, England is very good place for batting. As a batsman, I have realised that in England, the more you play straight and close the better it is for you,” Rahane was quoted as saying by ‘bcci.tv’.

“One more thing I feel is that as a batsman you are never set even you are batting on 70 or 80, one ball and there is a chance of you getting out,” he said ahead of the inaugural World Test Championship final against New Zealand, starting on 18 June.

Ajinkya Rahane (Vice captain) of India (Vice captain) plays a shot during day one of the second PayTM test match between India and England held at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 13th February 2021 Photo by Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

File image of Ajinkya Rahane. Sportzpics

The 33-year-old middle-order batsman said India deserved to be in the WTC final on the back of a consistent showing in the last two years.

“Two years we have played consistent cricket as a team and reaching the WTC final is a result of this. It was not easy because in Test cricket you have to give your best in every match,” Rahane said.

“Overall the cricket we had played since the start of the WTC, from West Indies, the team has performed as a unit till now.”

The hype around the Test notwithstanding, Rahane said Virat Kohli and his men are taking the match as just another game.

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“Yes, it is an important match but as a team we will take it as just another game. We got quality time here to prepare ourselves. Personally, I am very excited to play the WTC final. We will just try to give our best in this match and accept whatever the result is,” he said.

Rahane led India to a famous come-from-behind 2-1 Test series win in Australia during their last tour. Regular skipper Kohli had returned home after the first match on paternity leave.

“Leading the country in Australia was the proudest moment for me because you are representing your country and then winning the series in Australia, especially after losing the first match, it was the biggest series for us.

“Personally I am really happy the way we played in Australia overall but right now it is all about this game and giving our best as a team,” he said.

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