May 27 2020
We have to focus on improving our game: Rahane
03 October 2018

India vice-captain says Prithvi Shaw shouldn’t curb his attacking style

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, speaking ahead of the first Test starting against West Indies here on Thursday, said the focus of the team is to improve its own game without thinking about its opponent.

“It was a great achievement to win Asia Cup and those who got an opportunity there did well, but this is a new series and we can’t take them lightly. We have to focus on improving our own game,” said Rahane.

“No matter whom we play, whether it is Australia, England or West Indies, it is important to improve our own standard. Our goal will be to play good cricket, to dominate from the first match and improve as a batsman, bowler and as a team. That would be the focus.”

Adapt quickly

India, which toured England recently, will need to quickly adapt to the different yet familiar home conditions, felt the right-hand batsman. “Here we have to see how the wicket behaves, it is hot here, so we have to adapt to the conditions quickly during the practice sessions.”

“We know the Indian conditions and we know how to go about our job and what shots to play here. England was different, so we will have to quickly mentally switch.

“Each and every match is equally important and we are just looking to play to our standards, rather than thinking about our opponents. It is important to start off well and we have two practice sessions before the Test match starts,” he added.

Speaking about Prithvi Shaw, Rahane said the the youngster shouldn’t curb his attacking style of batsmanship provided he gets the nod.

“I am happy for Shaw. I have seen him since his young days, we used to practice together, he is an attacking opener and done well for India-A and got the reward.”

Rahane however didn’t commit on who among Prithvi and Mayank Agarwal will partner K.L. Rahul in the opening Test.

“Personally we don’t know the combination that we are going to play. But there is no pressure and it is an opportunity for every individual to express himself. I wish him good luck and am sure he will do well. I just want him to play as he has been doing for Mumbai and India-A,” said Rahane.

Chance for youngsters

“It is a good opportunity, particularly for youngsters like Prithivi, Mayank and Siraj as they have all done well in domestic cricket. It is all about going out there and giving your best without thinking much about future,” he added.

Rahane, who led Mumbai to victories over Baroda, Karnataka and Railways in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last month, said it provided him good match practice ahead of the West Indies series.

“I always believe whether it is a domestic, international or practice match, it brings a different pressure and helps me prepare.

“I am really confident and looking forward to doing well and keep contributing to my team.”



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