Not worried about form, contribution doesn’t mean scoring 100 runs in every match: Ajinkya Rahane

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Ajinkya Rahane did not like being asked questions related to his poor form to which he said that his concerns about his form are baseless and contribution does not mean scoring Test centuries in every match.

Rahane has scored runs in 11 Test matches this year at an average of 19. The pressure was visible on him and he said that even ’30, 40 or 50 runs’ scored by a specialist top-order batsman would be an acceptable contribution provided the team wins.

Before the first Test against New Zealand, Rahane said, “I am not worried about my form. My job is to contribute as much to my team as possible. Contribution doesn’t mean you need to score 100 runs in every match. Scores of 30, 40, 50 runs per innings are also important contributions. ,

Rahane will not accept but he knows that poor scores in Kanpur and Mumbai (2nd Test) could land him in a difficult position as far as selection for the series in South Africa is concerned.

His thoughts about the future were ‘whatever will happen’.

He said, “I am not too worried about what is going to happen in the future. Whatever has to happen in the future, it will happen and I need to be in the present so that I give my best in this moment. ,

On being asked whether it is possible to see the batsman and the captain separately. So he said, “When I am batting, my focus is only on batting and I am in that moment. It is just that simple. When I am fielding, I am thinking about what our plans are and what is our strategy.

The captain said that the new coach Rahul Dravid has not given him any special tricks but has asked him to keep things simple as he is very experienced.

Rahane said, “Rahul bhai has asked us to support our strong points and keep things simple. He said don’t worry too much, told me and Pujara that we know our plan and we have been playing for many years. ,

“So it’s important to keep things simple and keep supporting yourself. We are not too worried.”

The same thing was said by the vice-captain of the team on Tuesday.

Indian captains don’t usually say so but Rahane conceded that Indian batsmen would also find it difficult on spinner-friendly pitches, though he was happy to see the Green Park pitch.

It should also be mentioned here that Rahane has also struggled against spinners on Indian pitches over the years and it will be interesting to see how he performs against Ayaz Patel’s spin.

Rahane said, “It is challenging even for Indian batsmen to play on pitches that are helpful for spinners. We don’t play on these kind of wickets. Batsmen will have to take advantage of this by going on the field. If we win Test matches and series then we are not worried about spinner friendly pitch. ,

Regarding the pitch, he said that whatever it behaves, his team will try to adapt to it.

Rahane said, “Yes, we are happy. I don’t know how Wicket will behave. We have to adapt to whatever wicket we get. We are ready for this. ,

KL Rahul’s injury has opened doors for Shreyas Iyer, who will play his maiden Test match, but the Indian captain declined to reveal who would be the third spinner and the second pace bowler, though the pace department Ishant Sharma seems certain to pair up with Umesh Yadav in the film.

Although Axar Patel did not practice in the spin department, Jayant Yadav looked in good touch during the net session.

Rahane confirmed, “Yes, Shreyas will make his debut. ,

Talking about the injured KL Rahul, he said, “Definitely, it is a big blow.”

But he made it clear that he has full faith in openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill.

“He (KL Rahul) did well in England and was in good form. Of course, we will miss him but we have players who can do their job, we have players who have done well for us in the past and they are very experienced. I am not too worried about the opening position. ,

When asked about the three spinners, he said, “I can’t reveal anything about it. We are not sure about the combination right now and in India you know there will be spinner friendly pitches. Don’t know what the wicket will be like. We will have to wait till tomorrow and assess from there. ,

“I am not worried about the combination. Whoever plays tomorrow is 100 percent ready. ,

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