IND vs ENG: Ajinkya Rahane says pitch “looks completely different”, expect it to change from day 1

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India Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane expects the Chepauk field to take a serious turn from the very first day of the second Test against England when his team would bid to level the four-game streak and stay in the fray for the final of the World Test Championship. India lost the first Test with 227 runs on a deck that was not for bowlers, while the fresh field, with a darker and drier look, promises to be a spinner’s paradise in the game from Saturday.

“Yes, it looks very different. I’m sure it will change from day 1, but again, as I said for the first test match, you have to wait and see how it plays in the first session and tackle it from then on,” Rahane said at the virtual conference ahead of the game on Friday.

“… but yes, we have to forget what happened in the first test. We know these conditions very well and we have to put our best foot forward tomorrow and yes it is,” added Virat Kohli’s deputy.

Despite the indication that Axar Patel, a left arm all-rounder, can be selected, Rahane has not revealed the XI playing.

“Everyone is in the mix and the good thing is that Axar is fit and I’m not going to tell you who is going to play tomorrow. See that all of our spinners are really good and have the chance that they will all do really well,” said Rahane. close to his chest.

He also defended the spinners’ performance in the first Test, saying the form of their first innings was not something the team was openly concerned about.

“When you see the first two days, there was nothing for our spinners and fast bowlers. When you consider that we threw 190 overs and they scored 578 runs, I thought we bowled really well.”

“There was nothing on that wicket. When you see the second innings, all of our spinners, especially Ashwin, bowled really well. We don’t worry too much about how our spinners bowl and I’m sure we’ll come up with a plan. . “

Over the 27 no balls and 31 dropped catches since Australia’s epic win, Rahane said the problems are still ongoing.

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“We are really working hard on what we can control. In India, close-up catches are very important and sometimes these things happen. Nobody does it on purpose, it’s how confident you are. By-catches are very important.”

“About, no balls, yes we were all disappointed with the no balls and they work really hard.”

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