Before the second test against England, vice-captain of India Adjinkya Rahane on Friday supported Cheteshwar Pujarathe watt approach and said the team is happy with the way it played during the tour in Australia.
Pujara, known for his resilience and defensive approach to wadding, has been criticized by many former cricketers, including Ricky Ponting, for his slow approach in Australia. Ponting, not impressively, as Pujara is not proactive in the middle, he strikes his right hand to put pressure on other batsmen with his wadding style.
“No one doubted his (slow) approach to his beating in the team and that’s important. What people say outside doesn’t matter to us. We know the role of Pujara and how crucial he is to our team and we are really happy with how plays in Australia and how he plays at the moment.
His role is very important to us and we fully support him for how he wants to play. He knows his game really well. he has played 80 strange test matches. “No one doubted his abilities or how he played in Australia,” Rahane said at a virtual press conference.
Rahane, who led India to a historic victory in the Test series in Australia, also backed the spinners to do well after being unbeaten in the first leg. As Axar Patel is now available for selection, the All-India Senior Selection Committee added Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar to the list of players on standby. On the back of Joe KorenJames Anderson’s wadding and magic master class in reverse, England beat India with 227 tracks in the first test in Chepauk to rise 1-0 in a four-game series.
“Everyone is in the mix, the good thing is that Axar is fit to play. See all our spinners are really good and if they are given a chance I’m sure they will do really well,” said Rahane