We have to counteract the breeze factor during the tests in New Zealand: Rahane
By Kushan Sarkar (Eds: AN EXCLUSIVE)
New Delhi, January 1 () Ajinkya Rahane does not care about technical issues, but the Indian vice captain feels that the breeze in Wellington and Christchurch must be taken into account during the next series of two team tests against New Zealand next month.
India will play two tests in Wellington (from February 21 to 25) and in Christchurch (from February 29 to March 4) after five T20 Internationals and three ODI.
In an exclusive interview for, Rahane talked about a series of problems regarding the next tour where the current team has a good chance of emulating the class of 2009 under the Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaincy.
We played there in 2014 ... there is a breeze factor involved. I think getting used to the conditions will be the key, since there will be more lateral movement due to the breeze, Rahane said when asked about the challenges.
On the last tour, I played in Wellington but Christchurch, we will play a test match after a long time. Getting used to the conditions will be key, he added.
Rahane, who has been doing his homework for the tour, highlighted fast bowler Neil Wagner as the player to consider after his recent feats against Australia and before that, England.
Wagner did well in the recent series (27 wickets from the last 4 tests). You cannot take a single name. As a batting unit, you must respect each bowler. As a local team, they have an advantage in knowing good conditions, but at the same time, we also have to play our natural game, said the 31-year-old, who has scored 4112 races in 63 test matches.
With Trent Boult and Wagner looking to return the ball to the right, Rahane feels that being out of the fold to counteract the swing could be the way to deal with them, but then, each with his own.
There are different ways to counter different types of bowling. Everyone has a different method. Few players love being out of the fold (to deny the swing) and some stand at the bottom of the fold.
Some take the guard of the middle stump, few take the guard of the stump of the leg. Individual players must adhere to their own strengths.
In New Zealand, playing as close to the body as possible will be very important, Rahane said.
You should concentrate on the basics since you cannot think too much about your technique. It's about keeping your game simple, playing near the body, as late as possible and according to the situation. The pace and the rebound will be different.
Rahane will play for India A in the second four-day 'Test' against New Zealand A to prepare for the big series.
I think it is a good idea to have tours in the shade with India A. So, before playing test matches, if India A matches are there, it is a good preparation for us. Acclimatization aid.
Overcoming the time lag due to a long flight will be the key. Preparation does not begin with the practice of skills, but begins from the day of travel. Overcome the time lag, get used to the weather, all small things matter. Then A tour helps in the preparation.
He feels that the new president of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, and the coach of India A, Rahul Dravid, will take Indian cricket to unprecedented heights.
Dada and Rahul bhai (as head of the NCA) will come together to create a road map that will surely take Indian cricket to places.
In 2014, it was a young team that toured New Zealand and lost the 0-1 Test series, but many things have changed since then.
That time, it was a young unit that was touring New Zealand for the first time. We learned a lot from that series and, from there, our journey began to become the number 1 team in the world. At that time, we probably weren't 6 or 7 in the test rankings.
From there, we decided that, as a team, we must work very hard in our physical state because, in any case, we work hard on the skills. Now the result is there to see. From then until now, it has been a great trip.
The transformation, according to Rahane, began after losing the Test series in England in 2014.
It started in the England series in 2014. We lost the Test series and then went to Australia. But it started after the England series. We all sit together and decide what to do as a team. What can we do? advance Indian cricket and establish a benchmark for future generations.
Captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have also created a great costume environment that has been helpful, Rahane said. We are fun-loving people, but we know when to talk about cricket and be serious. But sometimes it is better to have fun because disconnecting also helps at the highest level. We all sit together, have fun, pull our legs, create lively atmosphere, he said. KHS PM PM