Ahmedabad: India’s vice-test captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Tuesday that there was no need to take criticism of the spin-friendly grounds in the country seriously, as no word is being said on the “wet” tracks elsewhere and England can expect another turner in the fourth test.
There was a lot of talk about the rotating tracks in the second test in Chepauk and the pink ball game in Motera which ended in two days. The fourth and final test begins on March 4.
“I think the wicket will be similar to the second test match in Chennai, rotation track. Yes, the pink ball made the difference and it came out of the wicket much faster compared to the red ball and we had to make adjustments. “Rahane said at a virtual media conference here.
“Wicket will be very similar to the last two test matches,” he added.
Rahane, for the first time in many years, was reluctant when asked to respond to criticism from former England players that the pitches were not ideal. Some even urged the ICC to take action against India for preparing a turner.
“See, let people say whatever they want. The wickets, when we shoot abroad, nobody talks about their sewing. They always talk about the technique of the Indian drummers, I don’t feel we have to take seriously what they are … people say, “Rahane was keen in his response.
“… You see, when we shoot overseas, the wicket of the first day is wet. When the wicket gets grassy and behaves up and down, then the ground becomes dangerous but we didn’t complain about it. or we never talked about it. “
On the rotating tracks, it is imperative to play the line, said Rahane.
“When you play on the slopes that turn, you have to play the line … If the ball spins too much, you don’t have to think too much.”
While playing the line footwork plays a more important role and how to use it is the choice of an individual batsman.
“Everyone’s game is different. One player may like to play in the front while others like to stay in the back, but in any case it is important to use your footwork, to trust your defense on a track that offers a bend, “he explained.
Another key aspect is also the communication between a player who has just entered and a player who has been beating for some time.
“When a new batter comes into the ring communication between the two batters is important – like the handling of the pitch, the number of rounds offered, the type of play that is suitable, all of those points are important. Yes, the track. turning was a challenge but we overcame it well. “
Despite the humiliation that India inflicted on England in the third test, Rahane was respectful of England’s chances on another turner.
“The pitch is similar but I don’t know how it’s going to play out. We have to wait and see,” he said.
“We respect the England team. They are a very good team. We played cricket well in the last two tests and England played very well in the first match.
“We don’t take them lightly, and both teams will go out there and try to do their best to win the test match,” he said.
He also hinted that veteran coach Umesh Yadav might take a look.
“Umesh is ready to go. He looks good and had a good net session. We’re really happy he’s back,” said Rahane.