India Take a look at vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Monday mentioned that he’s not too bothered concerning the fixed scrutiny round his type within the longest format as individuals at all times speak about essential gamers. The primary Take a look at resulted in a draw however India staged an unbelievable comeback to take the second sport by 151 runs on the Lord’s Cricket Floor. Either side will now face off within the third Take a look at, starting Wednesday at Headingley, Leeds. Heading into the sequence, there was a number of chatter round Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara’s type.
“I’m joyful persons are speaking about me, I at all times imagine individuals speak about essential individuals. I’m not too involved about that, it’s all about contribution for the staff. Cheteshwar and I’ve been enjoying for lengthy, we all know how you can deal with stress and sure conditions. We aren’t involved about them, we’re specializing in the staff. We simply wish to contribute for the facet, no matter we can not management, we aren’t fascinated with that,” mentioned Rahane whereas replying to an ANI question throughout a digital press convention.
Within the second innings of the second Take a look at, Rahane and Pujara shared an important 100-run stand and this helped India put up a good rating on the board.
“My innings was actually satisfying within the second Take a look at, I at all times imagine in contributions and for me, I at all times take into consideration the staff. That knock of 61 within the Lord’s Take a look at was actually satisfying. It was all about hanging in there, communication was all about fascinated with small targets and constructing on from there. We at all times speak about Pujara enjoying sluggish, however his innings was actually essential, he batted for 200 balls. We backed one another, I assumed communication was actually good. We knew 170-180 may have been an excellent rating on that wicket,” mentioned Rahane.
“All the pieces motivates me, enjoying for nation motivates me rather a lot. I’m not bothered about criticism. Folks solely criticise essential individuals, I’m joyful they’re criticising me, I solely give attention to controllables. Group efficiency is the final word aim, you consider your plans and strategies, however finally it’s all for the staff. We simply give attention to that,” he added.
Speaking concerning the upcoming third Take a look at, Rahane mentioned: “2014 and 2018 is previous now, we aren’t fascinated with that. We aren’t taking it flippantly, no matter occurred within the final sport was particular however we’ve moved on and we’re targeted on the subsequent Take a look at. We’re taking it one match at a time, win or lose, it is very important keep within the current. We’re assured about our unit, we’ve been enjoying some good cricket and it’s about staying within the second and specializing in the subsequent match.”
“We aren’t pondering an excessive amount of concerning the situations and no matter Headingley has to supply. We simply wish to give our greatest, all gamers are in a superb headspace and it’s about placing our greatest foot ahead,” he added.
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