Ajinkya Rahane is all geared up for the home Test series against a competitive England side. The vice-captain of the Indian side ahead of the first Test has spoken about how Indian players don’t reveal their plans to overseas players during IPL.
Since the rise of IPL, the foreign players have played a lot of cricket in India and are now familiar with the players and conditions. However, Rahane holds that IPL is a completely different ball game as compared to Test cricket. He added that India players don’t give away everything during IPL and only focus on winning matches for India.
Test cricket and IPL are completely different- Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane has shared the IPL dressing room with the likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes who are now going to be his opponents in the Test series. The seasoned India batsman was all praises for Archer and Stokes and believes England are a force to be reckoned with after their series win in Sri Lanka.
“See, we definitely play in the IPL, but Test cricket and IPL are completely different. We do know how their bowlers bowl here, but length (that one bowls) is completely different in Test cricket from what they are in white-ball (formats)”,Rahane was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
“What we do in IPL, it’s not like we tell them all the things and I think that is very important. Yes, we have played a lot of cricket together, but when you represent the country, it is all about how best you can give individually and as a team”, he stated.
“Ben Stokes and (Jofra) Archer, they are really good players. They did really well for England, so it is not about any individual. I think it is all about a team, England team, they are a very balanced outfit which did really well recently against Sri Lanka”, Rahane added.
Meanwhile, Rahane led India to an unforgettable series Test series win in Australia. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rahane showed his class as a leader as India produced a comeback for the ages. Rahane is now keen to continue his good form and contribute in wins during the Test series against England.