India’s stand-in captain, Ajinkya Rahane heaps rich praises for Ravichandran Ashwin as the off-spinner is the joint-leading wicket-taker – 10 each for Ashwin and Pat Cummins – in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia.
Rahane opines that Ashwin has is always keen on learning something new despite having a vast pool of knowledge after being India’s premier Test match spinner for the about a decade.
Ashwin has been in tremendous form in the first two Tests against Australia – notably dismissing Steve Smith twice, and taking other important wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Tim Paine – which Rahane hopes for the off-spinner to continue for the next couple of games.
In the pre-match press conference , Ajinkya Rahane said, “The thing with Ashwin, his knowledge, he is always looking to learn some new skills and that’s what matters a lot, really happy to see Ashwin bowling this well, let’s hope he continues his form in the next two Tests as well.”
We have 3-4 plans for the dangerous Australian team: Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane, who received the Man of the Match award in Melbourne, reveals that his bowlers take the field with multiple plans while bowling to the Aussie batters. The Indian bowlers have tied down the Aussie batters hitherto as this has been Australia’s lowest-scoring series this century.
Ashwin and rest of the pacers have adopted to a leg-side field and bowled according to that which has reduced boundary scoring options for the opposition batsmen. The 32-year-old interim skipper acknowledges that the hosts are a strong side and hence his side have to be proactive in their plans and need to adapt according to the pitch and the match situation.
“As a team, you have 3-4 plans and you have to see which plan can work on the given day, if plan A doesn’t work, then we go to other plans. Australia is a very dangerous team so you have to be prepared, depending on the situation and wickets, we plan the stuff,” Rahane added.