IND vs ENG: Ajinkya Rahane on India vs Australia test series.© AFP
As captain, he led the way in India’s epic triumph in Australia, but Ajinkya Rahane would rather take the backseat and lend a helping hand to returning Virat Kohli in the thrilling Test Series against England. Rahane, who recently led India to their biggest overseas Test series victory in Australia, also said there is no room for complacency against a quality side like England in the series, which starts here Friday. The upcoming matches will decide New Zealand’s opposition in the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June.
“My job is to sit in the backseat and help Virat. My job is very easy now. If Virat asks me anything, I’ll tell him. Virat was the captain and he came back for family reasons. So I was the captain in Australia, ”Rahane said at a virtual media conference on Wednesday.
The senior batsman also said victory in the Australian series is a thing of the past for him.
“Australia is over. We are in the present. We respect England for winning a test series in Sri Lanka. We want to play a good brand of cricket and we don’t take anything for granted,” said Rahane.
He didn’t want to dwell on India’s favorites to reach the WTC final.
“The WTC Final is in three to four (five) months. The focus should be on the current series. New Zealand played very well and deserved to be in the final. For us it will be about playing. one match at a time. “
While he didn’t comment on team combination, the vice captain did show a hint that Chepauk will be a spinner-friendly surface.
“We will decide on the play combination after tomorrow’s practice,” he said when asked if left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel will make a Test debut.
“The Indian wickets always have something for spinners. We will support our forces. Let’s wait and see,” he said.
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