Constant Stoppage In Play Hampered Our Game: Ajinkya Rahane

Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes the poor performance of India on the second day of Lords Test was because of frequent interruptions in the game.

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India saw a massive blow in yesterday’s game when they were restricted to 107 in just 35.2 overs. James Anderson was the most deadly bowler with his 5/20 stat.

At the end of the play, Rahane told media, “How the wicket behaves because of the weather is something we cannot control. First half the game saw constant stoppages; hence it became really difficult for us to constantly switch on and off. After Pujara’s run out, there was another stoppage where we did not get to play for four to five hours. So yes, as a team you it tends to get frustrating.”

But he also credited Anderson and Broad for their tight line bowling. Anderson is a wicket shy from attaining 100 wickets records at Lords.

“No excuses, but England bowled really well. I think they used the conditions extremely well. I would like to give credit to their bowling, specially James Anderson,” said Rahane.

“These were definitely challenging conditions. Anderson did not bowl a short ball. He was just bowling at the same spot – four or five-metre length – and that is really crucial on this wicket. If you are bowling that length, you got to bowl consistently.

You cannot be too hard on yourself when you face conditions like these. You’ve got to back yourself. I think we were right there mentally, but Anderson was really good. Bowling 13-14 overs for 20 runs and getting five wickets is phenomenal.”

The Day 3 of the game seem promising and India will ty to give England the taste of their own medicine. Rahane emphasized on the importance of picking early wickets.

“Still a long way to go in this match. We have to bowl well; our bowling unit is doing really well. And if weather permits, I’m sure our bowlers can make it count,” he added.

India is now relying on its bowlers to contain English batsmen. Kuldeep Yadav will be looked up to for delivering as the team felt his absence in the first Test. He is replacing Umesh Yadav in the second Test but going for a wristspinner instead of a pacer in such conditions will be the right call remains to be seen.

According to Rahane, “It all boils down to the captain and the coach, it’s their decision. Umesh bowled with a lot of heart in the previous Test but it’s about going ahead with a certain combination. Virat is backing Kuldeep and we’re expecting him to take a five-wickets haul.”

“I don’t think there is anything wrong. Just because you aren’t getting runs or don’t get starts doesn’t mean your methods are wrong. It’s a long series and going ahead, we have to forget about this innings and move on,” he added.

“The quicker we learn from this innings, the better it is for us. When a bowler is bowling probing lines, as a batsman you have to leave the ball. You cannot think that if you’ve played three maiden overs, you’ve got to score now, you should be ready to play another three maidens if required. A lot depends on patience in such conditions.”