- India has to play second test against England in Chennai only
- Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has made an important statement about the pitch
- They believe that Chepak’s pitch will start taking a turn from day one.
Indian team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who is trying to make it to the finals of the World Test Championship, hopes that the pitch at Chepak ground will be helpful for spin bowlers from day one in the second match to be played here against England from Saturday. The Indian team lost the first match of the four-match series by 227 runs.
For the first two days of the game in that match, the bowlers were not helped by the flat pitch but there is very little grass and moisture on the pitch of the match starting on Saturday which is likely to help the spinners. Rahane said, ‘Yes, this (pitch) looks completely different. I am sure it will be helpful for the spinners from day one but as I said before the opening Test, you have to wait and see how it goes in the first session.
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He said, ‘But we have to forget the first test. We know these situations very well and we have to play our best game tomorrow. He said, ‘The good thing for us is that Akshar (Patel) is fit but I cannot tell you now who will be in the final 11. All our spinners are good and whoever gets the chance will do well.
Rahane defended the spinners’ performance during the first Test, saying the team was not worried about his first innings performance. He said, ‘If you see the first two days of the game, then the spinners and fast bowlers were not getting any help from the pitch. We bowled 190 overs and looking at their 578 runs, it can be said that we bowled well.
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He said, ‘There was no help coming from that pitch. If you look at the second innings, all our spinners bowled well, especially Ashwin. When asked about 27 no balls in the first Test and 31 catches from the tour so far, the Indian vice-captain said that work is on to improve it.
He said, ‘We are really working hard on the things that are under our control. In India, catching catches is really important for a fielder close to the batsman and sometimes such things (missing catches) happen. Nobody does it intentionally, it’s all about your trust. ‘ “We are all disappointed with the no ball and the bowlers are working on it,” he said.