Ahead of the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday in Kanpur, India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has stated that he is not worried about his form and scores of 30, 40, 50 per innings are also important contributions to the team. Rahane will lead Team India in the Kanpur test.
After a resounding T20I series victory against New Zealand, India are ready to lock horns with the Black Caps in the test series with two matches. The first match is scheduled to start on Thursday and Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team as Virat Kohli has been rested for the Kanpur test. Kohli joins the squad for the second Test match, which begins on December 3 in Mumbai.
India have also rested their trusted opener, Rohit Sharma, wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, pacers Jasprit Bumrah for the entire red ball series against New Zealand. In particular, India will also miss KL Rahul’s services as the right-handed batsman was ruled out of the series due to muscle tension in the thigh.
Meanwhile, the injury of KL Rahul is shifting focus to Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, and the form of battle for India’s stand-in captain has been a major concern for the team management. But in response to questions regarding his poor run in Test cricket, Rahane said he is not worried about his form and he would like to contribute as much as possible to Team India.
“Not worried about my form. My job is to contribute as much as possible to my team. Contributions do not mean you have to score 100 in every game. Scores of 30, 40, 50 per innings are also important contributions,” said Rahane at the press conference before the match.
Rahane only managed to score two half-centuries this year, which came against England (first at Chennai and second at Lord’s). Apart from this, the right-handed batsman has only scored 372 runs in 11 tests this year, averaging 19.57.
Rahane stated, however, that he is not too worried about what will happen in the future. He further added that he has to stay in the moment to give his best to Indian cricket.
“I’m not too worried about what’s going to happen in the future. Whatever happens in the future will happen and I have to stay in the moment to give my best in that special moment,” Rahane said. .
“When I bat, it’s just batting that’s my focus and staying in the moment. It’s that simple. When we play, I think about what kind of game plans and strategies we have,” he added.
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