We are less than one day away from the opening Test of the five-match Test series between India and England to commence in Edgbaston.

The visiting team has been in superb form across all three formats of late. However, it will be a different ball game in England. England humbled team India on their last couple of tours. Now, India would be hopeful of making a turnaround and win the series under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

Meanwhile, the conditions in England is expected to be quite different this time around. England has witnessed the hottest summer in quite some time, and the conditions here are pretty dry. Just last week England became the hottest country in Europe. Temperatures are soaring above 36 degrees.

Ajinkya Rahane, Team India
Ajinkya Rahane. Credits: PTI

Hence coping with the conditions and remaining patient will be key for team India. Addressing the press conference a day before the start of the opening Tests, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane revealed it would be important for a batsman to carry on once he gets set. The conditions might change. Hence, Rahane is hopeful of the fact that India will adapt to the conditions quickly.

Patience will be key for India says Rahane 

“I think in England patience is the key. Because more often than not it depends on the weather. If it’s sunny, it’s actually very good to bat on, but it changes if it gets cloudy. Bowlers start getting more help. But again as a batting unit, I feel that it is challenging yourself and backing your abilities, backing your own game than anyone else. It will be important to back your own game. If you are set, then you have to get a big inning.

It is important for any batsman who is set to hold back. Respect the bowlers, respect the conditions. It is really important. As I said if you are set here you should really make it count,” Rahane said.

Here is the complete pre-match conference

#TeamIndia Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane addresses the media at Edgbaston.#ENGvIND

Gepostet von Indian Cricket Team am Montag, 30. Juli 2018