Indian vice-captain Ajjnkya Rahane has said that playing with positive intent is the key to success on what has turned out to be a raging turner at Chepauk.
Rahane, who had come into the ongoing Test, after having registered consecutive failures in the first match at the same venue, played a brilliant knock of 67 and along with Rohit Sharma– who dished out a masterclass in how to counter spinners on a raging turner- stitched a 161-run-stand for the 4th wicket to help India take a position of strength on day 01.
Ajinkya Rahane added that the discussion among the batting-unit was to stitch partnerships and play with positive intent as he feels that one can’t be too defensive on such a track.
”I thought it was proper Indian conditions and we knew it [the pitch] would turn from day one. We were talking about partnerships – Rohit and Pujara and then Rohit and myself. We were discussing intent – positive intent on this wicket. What happened in the first game was [in the] past. You can’t be too defensive on this wicket and need to be one step ahead of the opposition,” Ajinkya Rahane said in the post-day interview.
One of the striking features of the partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma was the regularity with which they played the sweep shot. When asked about it, Ajinkya Rahane said that it was something that was discussed within the batting group and their ploy clear: Make England bowler’s bowl to their strength.
India lost the prized scalps of both Rohit and Rahane in the final hour of the first day but they still have Rishabh Pant at the crease with the overall score being 6-300. The Indian vice-captain said if the duo of Axar and Pant can stitch another 50-60 runs to the tally then it will bode well on a track that will only get tougher to bat on.
”We discussed in our batting meeting on what shots to play and we had to make them change the game plan. And That’s what Rohit did [playing sweeps]. 150-plus on this wicket is really good. I enjoyed the cover-drive against Moeen Ali against the spin. Add another 50-60 runs from here [will be good for us]. One more partnership from Rishabh and Axar…we’re in the game. When they were adjusting the pace and bowling quicker through the air, it was difficult,” Ajinkya Rahane said.