• Team India vice-captain in Tests Ajinkya Rahane looked slightly out of touch during the opening Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. While he scored 4 in the 1st innings, he failed to bother the scorers in the 2nd essay. Considered he is one of the mainstays in the middle order, Rahane’s twin failure came under a bit of scrutiny as the Indian batting revolves around Rahane especially in bowling friendly conditions which were the case in Kolkata.

    With the team scheduled to tour South Africa later in the year, Rahane’s rare failure has become a talking point as the Indian fans feel that Rahane will have to hold the fort once India travels to the Rainbow Nation later in the year. However, Rahane’s coach Pravin Amre is not bothered and conceded that the batsman is just a shot away from regaining form.

    “Ups and downs are part and parcel of any sports person’s life. But if you sit and analyse, the second innings dismissal was unfortunate. As for the first one, it was a good ball and the overcast conditions helped the bowler. I have spoken to him and I told him that we all go through these phases so there is nothing to worry. He just needs to do his job and just like one good ball can dismiss you, one good shot can bring your confidence back. It is not always a 50 or 100 that helps your confidence. A good shot, a couple of balls hitting the sweet spot is enough to bring back your A-game.

    India Vs Sri Lanka, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Test Drawn, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
    Rahane struggled with the bat. Photo Credit: AFP.

    “Also, you have to realise the kind of expectations people have from him. Sometimes it is unfair because while a single failure is highlighted, he is the same batsman who didn’t find a place in the team after winning a Man of the Series award. But he is a seasoned campaigner and he knows the importance of keeping calm and just getting the basics right,” Rahane was quoted as saying by Cricket Next.

    Amre heaped praise on Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for coming up with the idea of preparing green wickets in the current series which will be beneficial for India once they travel to South Africa.

    Amre heaped praise on Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for coming up with the idea of preparing green wickets in the current series which will be beneficial for India once they travel to South Africa.

    “The idea to prepare on green wickets is a brilliant one and I was having a word with Ajinkya and told him the same that it was a positive thinking and will help prepare him and the other batsmen in advance for the tough test that lies ahead. They will not feel like a fish out of water when they reach South Africa. Also, just winning against Sri Lanka wouldn’t make much sense as the conditions would be in complete contrast in South Africa. But now they will be prepared. Kohli has taken the right decision and shows that he thinks way ahead of others,” the former India batsman said.

    Ajinkya Rahane (Photo Credit): Getty Images.

    Meanwhile, coach Ravi Shastri was seen spending some quality time with Ravi Shastri in the nest on the eve of the Nagpur Test. It proves the level of involvement Shastri has with every individual in the team.

    “While I haven’t spoken to Ajinkya about his interaction with Ravi, I am aware that Ravi keeps talking to him and this is a good thing as Ravi is someone who will have the interest of the team in mind. So, that will help give Ajinkya a wider perspective of what needs to be done. In fact, Duncan Fletcher, Gary Kirsten, Anil Kumble everyone spoke to him and would tell him their plans and where they thought he could improve.

    “As his personal coach I see no reason to feel insecure about this as I know what my role is and how I am the mirror for the player. I see it as a positive thing and I keep telling him to hear them out and try and implement things that he feels will benefit him,” Amre concluded.

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