India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is one of the few players to play only one format as of now. Hence, winning the World Test Championship is quite similar to emerging victorious in a World Cup tournament to such cricketers. Ajinkya Rahane has agreed on the same statement, which his fellow countryman, Ishant Sharma, made earlier.
The Indian team remains one step closer to reaching the inaugural final of the ICC World Test Championship, set to occur at the Lord’s in June. Virat Kohli’s men have to avoid defeat in the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad. In case India loses, Australia would be through to the final against their Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand.
Ajinkya Rahane agrees with Ishant Sharma’s claim that winning the World Test Championship is equivalent to winning the World Cup and their focus is on that. However, at present, the hosts are concentrating on the fourth Test against England, set to commence on the 4th of March.
“Absolutely, Ishant was spot on in what he said. Winning the WTC is equal to winning the World Cup. We are all focusing on that, having said that, the focus right now is to play the fourth Test against England. Ishant was completely right,” Rahane said in a virtual press conference.
Playing on spinning tracks means you have to play the line: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, who has struggled in the ongoing series, revealed that when playing on turning decks, batsmen have to play the line. The 32-year old underlined that batsmen have to follow the same technique, facing seaming conditions too. Furthermore, backing one’s defence and ability on testing decks is also crucial.
“When you play on spinning tracks, you have to play the line and you know that. In India, we haven’t played so many games in the last two-three years. When you play on that spinning and seaming wickets, it’s all about playing the line, when the ball is spinning too much, you do not have to think about it, you just have to play the line, if you miss the ball, you miss the ball. Backing your defence and ability on seaming and spinning wicket is something we follow,” he added.