India’s Test captain vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane revealed ahead of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, beginning on Thursday. After maintaining an even record in the six white-ball games preceding the four-match Test series, the two sides will battle it out in red-ball cricket. With less than 48 hours to go for the fixture, Ajinkya Rahane conceded whoever plays; they will trust on them to win the game for them.
India and Australia will lock horns in what would be their first day and night Test. The visitors have played in only one pink-ball Test so far, which came in November 2019, against Bangladesh, winning the same convincingly. On the other hand, Australia has a perfect record in such fixtures, emerging victorious in all seven Tests. While Australia has injury and form concerns, they have a much better chance to win the series this time and regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Ajinkya Rahane revealed that they would have a meeting tomorrow, they also have another practice session; hence, that is when they will decide on the team combination. The right-handed batsman acknowledged that whoever gets the nod, it would be based on their talent and trust that they will deliver a match-winning performance.
“See, we have still not decided what’s our combination going to be. We will sit tomorrow, there is another day to go, one more practice session to go, we will sit tomorrow and discuss what’s our combination. But see whoever plays, it is going to be like, everyone is equally there, everyone is equally talented, whoever plays, they can win the match for us, so it is all about trusting our players,” Rahane said as quoted by India Today.
I do believe that we have the attack to get 20 wickets: Ajinkya Rahane
While Ajinkya Rahane admitted they would miss Ishant Sharma, the senior bowler in Australia, he believes that the men with them are equally good and experienced enough to take 20 wickets. The 32-year old highlighted that it is all about gaining momentum.
“I think, we do really have a strong attack but yes we will definitely miss Ishant, being the senior fast bowler. But guys who are here they all are really good, experienced and know how to bowl in these conditions. It is all about getting that momentum. I do believe that we have the attack to get 20 wickets,” he added.