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India vs England: Will the Pitch for the Fourth Test Be a Rank Turner? Ajinkya Rahane Reveals

India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane expected the pitch for the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad to be similar to the ones in the previous two matches

India vs England: Will the Pitch for the Fourth Test Be a Rank Turner? Ajinkya Rahane Reveals

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane expected the pitch for the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad to be similar to the ones in the previous two matches. The pitches for the second Test (in Chennai) and the third Test (in Ahmedabad) came under the scanner for excessively assisting the spinners, and Rahane said the same will continue.

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“The wicket would be similar to the third Test and also the second Test what we played in Chennai. The wicket would be similar, yes the pink ball made the difference, it was coming much quicker of the wicket as compared to the red ball. That was an adjustment we had to make but as I said wicket would be a lot similar to the last two Test matches,” Rahane said in a press conference.

“The pitch looks pretty similar, I do not know how it is going to play, we have to wait and see. We respect England, they are a very good and balanced team. We played really good cricket in the last two Tests. England played really well in the first Test, we are not taking them lightly. It is another Test match, we want to give our best. Even England will want to do well and win the Test match. For us, it is about playing as a unit and playing to our strengths.”

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Rahane was asked if batsmen of this era have had to change their approach against spinners due to DRS.

“I do not think so that the approach has changed because of the DRS. It’s all in the mind, DRS is really helping all the teams because you can review the decisions and take your chances. But I do not think mental wise, as a batsman especially, not many changes.

“It is important to play the line when the ball is turning, but with the pink ball, it was completely different. The ball was skidding on, the pace was different from the red ball. We have hardly played with the pink ball, this was our third game with it, we need to practice more with the pink ball. When play on spinning tracks, it is all about playing the line,”

“When you play on spinning tracks, you have to play the line. In India, we haven’t played so many games in the last two-three years. When you play on spinning and seaming wickets, it’s all about playing the line.

“When the ball is spinning too much, you do not have to think about it, you just have to play the line, if you miss the ball, you miss the ball. Backing your defence and ability on seaming and spinning wicket is something we follow.”

India will qualify for the final of the ICC World Test championship if they manage even a draw in the final Test. Rahane said winning the World Test Championship will be equal to winning the World Cup.

“Absolutely, Ishant was spot on in what he said. Winning the WTC is equal to winning the World Cup. We are all focusing on that. Having said that, the focus right now is to play the fourth Test against England. Ishant was completely right,” he said.



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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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