Ajinkya Rahane is looking forward to “living in the present” while awaiting India’s second test against the West Indies, but he can not easily forget the feeling of a “special”, victorious century in the previous game.
Rahane missed a hundred in the first innings in Antigua, but came second in 102, scoring India’s impressive 318 run. It was his first three-digit goal in two years, most recently in August 2017 against Sri Lanka.
“I’ve learned what it feels like to have a century after two years,” he said on Thursday, August 29. “I was a bit emotional.
“It took me two years to reach the tenth century, the process is always very important to me, the preparations for each series are very important, I did that during the two years, and yes, the tenth century was really something special. “
Rahane, who was ignored for India’s Limited Overs team, spent his time in the UK playing county cricket for Hampshire. He acknowledged the importance of experience in improving his confidence. “It’s very early to tell if the county season benefited me,” he explained. “But I can say that I used my time well in these two months, learning how to beat and how to play the Dukes ball.”
India will start the second test in Jamaica on Friday, August 30, as a favorite to consolidate its position at the top of the ICC Test Championship. While West Indies have not lost any home series since April 2017, India has not lost a test against them since 2002.
Rahane urged his teammates not to be “carried away” by the past, to “respect” the opposition and “play out our strengths”, but to reveal little else about the team’s plan for Sabina Park. “We are confident in what we did in the last game, but we have to live in the present,” he said. “We are in a good position as a team, as a bowling and batting unit.”
A big decision that captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have to make is whether to bring Rohit Sharma to the center. Hanuma Vihari finished 6th in the first test and gave a good overview of himself when he started the race with 93 in a 135 run with Rahane in the second inning.
“Vihari did well on the India A circuit and he did well on the home track,” said Rahane. “It’s good that players who have consistently performed well in domestic cricket over a period of time are performing well internationally, but Rohit is also a quality player, a special player and it’s hard to miss.” on a test match. “