Leading up to the Boxing Day Test against Australia, India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane said on Friday that he will not put any pressure on the opening batsmen as their role is very crucial to the team in the longest format of the game. India had suffered early shocks in both innings of the pink ball test, as the Australian pace battery kept the visitors missing a good start in the day-night test. Prithvi Shaw, who was backed by the selectors despite a meager patch, was unable to bother the hosts in either innings. He passed a duck and four in the two turns of the day-night test. While Mayank Agarwal showed some intention in the first innings, he was unable to withstand Josh Hazlewood’s storm in the second innings.
Rahane, who was India’s third highest scorer in the opening test, wants to give his opening hitters enough freedom and hopes to see their natural play in the Boxing Day test.
“Seeing the role of the opener, not just in Australia, but everywhere is really crucial and I don’t want to put pressure on our openers. I just want to give them the freedom to play their game,” Rahane said while answering a question. from ANI.
That said, as said, the role of the opener is very crucial, if you get that partnership going it becomes very easy for the hitters to come. We certainly miss Virat (Kohli), if you have him that’s of course. great so we’ll definitely miss him because he’s not there, ‘he added.
To renew preparation for the second test, Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja hit the nets on Wednesday to hone his skills with both bat and ball.
Rahane said the team’s preparation was very good for the second test, claiming it was just a bad session in the pink ball test that cost India the game.
“The last few net sessions, the preparations were very good. Speaking of the last test, we had two good days and only one bad session where we lost it completely. We want to stick to the same plans we had in the first test,” Rahane said.
India and Australia will now clash on Boxing Day, which starts Saturday.
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