On Tuesday, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said there is no need to take criticism of the spin-friendly pitches in the country ‘seriously’ as not a word is spoken about the ‘damp’ tracks some place other and England can expect another turner in the fourth Test. However, the fourth and final Test starts on March 4.
Rahane said during virtual press conference, “I think the wicket will be similar to the second Test match in Chennai, spinning track. Yes, the pink ball made the difference and it came much quicker off the wicket compared to the red ball and we had to make adjustments.”
He added, “Wicket will be a lot similar to the last two Test matches.”
“See, let people speak what they want to. The wickets, when we tour abroad, no one speaks about how seaming they are, they always speaks about the technique of the Indian batsmen, I don’t think we need to take seriously what people say,” Rahane was sharp in his response.
Rahane said, “…You see, when we tour abroad, the 1st wicket is damp. When wicket becomes grassy and behaves up and down, then the pitch becomes dangerous but we haven’t complained about it or we have never spoken about it.”
“When you play on spinning tracks, you have to play the line …If the ball is spinning too much, you don’t have to think much.”
“Pitch seems similar but I don’t know how it’s going to play. We have to wait and see,” he said.
“We respect the England team and they are very good team. We played good cricket in the last two Test matches and England played really well in the first game. And we are not taking them lightly, and both teams will go out there and will give their best performances to win the final Test.” Rahane said.
Rahane said, “Umesh is ready to go. Looking good and had a good session at the nets. We are really happy that he is back.”