IND V ENG 2021: Knew the pitch would flip from Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane 

Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has admitted that the hosts had been conscious that the floor at Chepauk for the second Take a look at in opposition to England would begin turning from the primary day itself.

Following India’s 227-run defeat within the first Take a look at in Chennai, there have been speculations that the pitch for the second Take a look at on the identical venue could be a rank turner.

India received the toss and batted first, reaching 300-6 at stumps, due to a belligerent 161 from Rohit Sharma and a well-compiled 68 from Ajinkya Rahane.

Talking on the finish of the primary day’s play, Ajinkya Rahane described the situations as ‘one thing to be anticipated’ in India, when he mentioned:

“I believed it was correct Indian situations, and we knew it (the pitch) would flip from day one.”

On what the crew’s pondering was after profitable the toss and batting first, Ajinkya Rahane mentioned that it was all about constructing partnerships.

“We had been speaking about partnerships – Rohit and Pujara, after which Rohit and myself. We had been discussing intent – constructive intent on this wicket. What occurred within the first sport was (within the) previous,” noticed Ajinkya Rahane.

You’ll be able to’t be too defensive on this wicket: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane noticed that the wicket is a difficult one to bat on because of the quantity of flip it supplied on Day 1. Therefore, defensive play on this floor might be fraught with danger. Elaborating additional on the identical, the vice-captain additionally praised Rohit Sharma’s hundred, saying:

“You’ll be able to’t be too defensive on this wicket, and should be one step forward of the opposition. We mentioned in our batting assembly on what photographs to play, and we needed to make them change the game-plan. And that is what Rohit did (taking part in sweeps). 150-plus on this wicket is basically good. I loved the cover-drive in opposition to Moeen Ali in opposition to the spin.”

Whereas Ajinkya Rahane (67) and Rohit Sharma (161) added 162 runs for the fourth wicket, England fought again properly within the final session. The guests dismiss each batsmen and Ravichandran Ashwin (13) as properly, however India ended the day on the ascendancy.

On the plan for Day 2, the Indian vice-captain mentioned that another respectable partnership might see the hosts take management of the sport, saying:

“Add one other 50-60 runs from right here. Yet another partnership from Rishabh and Axar…we’re within the sport. Once they had been adjusting the tempo and bowling faster by way of the air, it was troublesome.”

At stumps on Day 1 of the second Take a look at in Chennai, Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 33, whereas debutant Axar Patel was giving his fellow left-hander firm on 5.

Printed 13 Feb 2021, 18:19 IST

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