In response to questions about his form, Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Indian Test team, asked critics to check the record of his last 15 matches. Rahane has failed to play a big innings after scoring a century in the second Test match played in Melbourne on Australia tour.
Rahane was dismissed for one run and zero in the second innings of the first innings of the first Test played in Chennai against England. Since then, he has faced criticism for his poor form. However, before the second Test against England, Rahane has given a befitting reply to his critics.
Rahane responded to critics this way
Rahane said in an online press conference ahead of the second Test of the four-match series against England, “We are playing (Test) on home ground after almost two years. If you look at the score of the last home series, maybe there is something (Big score). ”
Rahane played innings of 59 and 115 runs in a match of that series against South Africa in 2019. He said, “It is about the performance of the team rather than any individual performance and my focus is on how I can contribute for the team. If you look at the figures of the last 10-15 Test matches, you might get some runs Be seen. ”
Rahane looked like a willing player at this press conference, and he answered every question very cleverly. When he was asked that the ‘body language’ of the players did not look positive in the first Test, was this due to a change in captaincy? In response to this, he said, “It happens when your energy in the game gets a little less. But it does not mean that it is due to a change in captaincy. I have said earlier that Virat Kohli is and will be our captain. ”
I will not give any spice on captaincy – Rahane
Rahane further said, “If you are digging and trying to get some spice, unfortunately you will not get it. There are many reasons for the body language to be negative. It can happen due to the initial two days wicket in the first test. There can be many more reasons. ”
When asked about the change in his batting in India after Cheteshwar Pujara’s very slow batting in Australia, Rahane said, “There is no question about his batting in the team. What people say outside does not matter. “The way he played in Australia and playing here is very important for us. He has played around 80 Test matches and he knows his game well, his ability cannot be questioned.”
Rahane also defended opener Rohit Sharma. He said, “Rohit is an important member of our team and he is not able to score 100 -150 runs, but in Australia, he batted well and gave significant contributions. Two bad innings does not make anyone a bad player.”