Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane [PC: Twitter-BCCI]

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Indian middle-order batter Ajinkya Rahane praised captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid and said that the team have been consistent across all three formats. Ajinkya Rahane’s statement came ahead of the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia.

India finished in second place in the standings for the 2021–2023 WTC cycle, behind Australia. The Rohit Sharma-led team won 10 Tests out of 18 matches during the ongoing WTC cycle. The team have lost five and drawn three games since the WTC 2021 final against New Zealand.

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The Team Culture Is Really Good – Ajinkya Rahane

In a video uploaded by the BCCI on Twitter, Ajinkya Rahane said that the culture in the dressing room is healthy at the moment, which is helping players’ performances.

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“We’ve played very good cricket. Obviously, the last time we lost against New Zealand but after that the team played very positive cricket. Obviously, Rohit was leading the side really well, everyone chipped in and contributed really well,” Rahane told BCCI.

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“We are here playing the second consecutive final because of our consistency in all formats, not only in Test cricket. In ODIs and T20Is we’ve been really consistent as a team.”

“Everyone has played well and scored really fast. I thought the culture in the team culture is really good. Rohit is handling the team really well and I am sure Rahul bhai is also handling the team really well. Everyone’s enjoying each other’s company and that obviously helps,” he added.

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All About Backing Your Instincts And Game Plan – Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane emphasized the importance of understanding the English conditions, saying that the batters should back their instincts and game plan.

“Playing in England, you have to see the conditions well. Generally, you look at the wicket but in England, you have to look upstairs. If it’s cloudy it’s favorable to bowlers,” Rahane added.

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“If it’s sunny, it gets better to bat on. You have to be in the moment, you are never in, that’s what I believe in England, whether you bat 50-plus or 70-plus or just go inside. It’s all about staying in the moment and playing to the conditions really well… Once you are in the middle, it’s all about backing your instincts and game plan,” he concluded.

The veteran batter has a decent record in England, scoring 729 runs in 15 matches in 29 innings at an average of 26.03, including a century and five fifties.

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