India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday admitted that his team would lose to fast bowler Ishant Sharma but did not answer questions about team composition in the day-night Test against Australia on Thursday. After returning home on paternity leave after the first Test, skipper Virat Kohli will be able to captain the team for the remaining three Tests. He also spoke about the challenge facing the bowlers with the increasing speed of the pink ball.
We can take 20 wickets
He said, ‘This is a new series and will start with the Pink Ball. Rhythm must be achieved. I believe our bowlers can take 20 wickets. Asked about the opening pair, Rahane said the decision would be taken on the day before the match. India have options for Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubhaman Gill and KL Rahul. Hab Shabha Pant and Diddhiman Saha have options for wicketkeeping.
Talk to the playing XI the day before the match
Rahane said, ‘No decision has been taken yet on team composition. We will have a meeting and then another day and practice session. This will be discussed later. Everyone is equally smart and we all have the ability to win matches. It’s a matter of trusting the players. He also did not give a definite answer as to what the role of senior spinner R Ashwin will be but said that his all-round skills will be used in the first Test.
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He said, ‘Ashwin’s role is very important. He is an experienced bowler and has variety. His role as a bowler and batsman is very important. The Pink Ball is an important session on the day of the Test and a lot of preparations are being made for it. Rahane said that in those 40 to 50 minutes the speed of the ball becomes very fast. He said, ‘The speed of the new pink ball becomes very fast at sunset. In such a situation it is difficult for the batsmen to focus.
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He said, “When we play with the red ball all day, the speed does not change suddenly but the pink ball changes the speed suddenly within 40-50 minutes. The timing needs to be adjusted properly.” Day but luckily we got a discount and we can practice.We are well prepared and the practice matches helped a lot.