We Are Expected To Play With Two Pacers And As Many Spinners – Ajinkya Rahane
India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has dropped a hint at the bowling combination ahead of the first Test match against South Africa. Rahane has revealed that the hosts’ are expected to play with two fast bowlers and as many pacers. India had suffered a huge jolt after was ruled out of the entire series due to back spasm.
Consequently, Virat Kohli is expected to select Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma as the two front-line pacers. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to make the cut into the playing XI. Kohli always likes to play with an extra bowler but it is generally true for the overseas conditions.
What would be India’s bowling combination?
Furthermore, Hanuma Vihari who had a fabulous job with the bat on the West Indies tour can roll his arm over. Thus, the Indian captain has a plethora of bowling options up his sleeve.
Kohli also likes to back his pace battery but it is a rare sight to see three pacers in the Indian conditions where the ball will spin more than it would seam and swing.
“The pitch for the game looks like a flat one with hardly any grass on it. India is expected to play two spinners and as many pacers.
“Depending on the conditions we will decide the combination. Hanuma (who bats at 6) can also bowl some spin and that makes a difference. In India, we hardly see three pacers playing,” Ajinkya Rahane said before the first Test match.
Meanwhile, India would start overwhelming favorites in their own conditions against an inexperienced South African unit. However, the Indian deputy doesn’t want to be complacent and take the Proteas lightly.
Can not take any side lightly.
There are five Tests at home versus South Africa (three Tests) and Bangladesh (two Tests). Because of the Test Championship, you cannot take any team lightly. Even before the championship, we were not taking any team lightly and since the points system is involved, every match is important.
“There is a big difference between winning and drawing a Test in terms of points. When you win home Tests and then go away, there is an advantage that you have points.
“Also, the likes of Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma did well in the warm-up and Faf du Plessis is an experienced campaigner. You can’t take them lightly. ”
On the other hand, Jinx had to toil hard to bounce back into form. Rahane scored a century after a gap of 17 Test matches and it was a sigh of relief for the right-hander. The flamboyant batsman added that he had the belief in his skills to deliver the goods.
Rahane had to work hard for his century.
“You get to learn from every match and every series and I had to wait for two years, 17 Tests, for my Test debut and for this century (in West Indies) I had to wait for 17 Tests. I think there was some co-ordination,” said Rahane in Marathi.
“When I was playing for Hampshire, I was thinking, when I made my debut, how my mindset was before that. In these 17 Tests, I was not getting a hundred, I was going behind getting a hundred and it was not coming.
“So, in the West Indies, my thought process was that I will not think of getting a hundred even once, whatever has to be happen will happen. If a hundred has to come, it will come,” said Rahane.
India and South Africa will lock horns in the first Test match at Visakhapatnam from October 2.