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AJINKYA RAHANE: THOUGH WE ARE UNDER PRESSURE, WE WILL GIVE THE BEST SHOT

AJINKYA RAHANE: THOUGH WE ARE UNDER PRESSURE, WE WILL GIVE THE BEST SHOT

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Ajinkya Rahane has said that they will definately try and win the 2nd test as they have not performed well in the 1st test, it is the payback time

 

In a total glance he has played 30 test matches and has scored impressive 2615 runs with an average of 48.11 at that particular period of time which included 8 tons to his name

 

He, however, made a welcome return with a well-measured innings of 82 in the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad. "That innings [against Bangladesh] was really important for me. I was really excited about that Test match, coming back after two months," Rahane said before the first Test against Australia in Pune on Monday (February 20). "So I was looking forward to that Test match and importantly, I got 82. Felt really good in the middle. But it is important to start fresh here."

 

"I would like to thank my team management and my captain, they backed me in the Bangladesh game. I wanted to back myself in the middle and I did that. I am really confident at the moment, [about] playing against Australia. As I mentioned, for all of us, for me, it is important to take one game at a time. Momentum will be the key. If you play well in the first game, we have to carry that momentum forward. We will look to play positive cricket, attacking cricket not only against the spinners but all the bowlers," he said.

With the Australians just having finished their tour game in Mumbai against India A which ended in a draw, Rahane said that the visitors had a good side and to overcome them, India will have to play to their potential and back themselves. "Australia, we all know is a very good team. So it is important to play to our potential and back ourselves in the middle. As a team, we are playing really well. It is important to take one game at a time and continue from the first game."

"We don't know if they will sledge or not. We have some plans against each of them, I can't discuss that here, skill-wise or sledging-wise, there is definitely a plan. We know that Australian players play mind games. Our aim would be to dominate them in every aspect," he said, adding that India's focus was on playing to their potential and not contemplating what Australia's combinations or strategies will be. "They are coming to India and will be expecting a turning track. So, yes, three fast bowlers and five spinners are their combinations, but for us, it will be important to play to our potential and not focus on their bowling attack, strategies. It is important for each team member to back our own game," he said.

 

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77