Indian Ajinkya Rahane says second test pitch will turn from the start to Chennai | Cricket news


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The hosts expect a different background upon their return to Chennai after suffering 277 defeats in the first test of the series on the same field; Rahane reiterates that Virat Kohli has the full support of the captain ahead of the second test against England

Last updated: 12/02/21 16:56

Ajinkya Rahane in the nets ahead of the second test against England (Picture: BCCI)

Ajinkya Rahane in the nets ahead of the second test against England (Picture: BCCI)

Indian Ajinkya Rahane predicted that the field in Chennai would turn strongly and early in the second test against England.

The hosts are returning to the place of their 227-year-old beating from England in the previous match, which is a result built around a big first inning of tourists.

The ball didn’t start to spin dramatically until England piled up 578 and put 190.1 wear on the surface.

Ravichandran Ashwin took 6 – 61 when conditions became more useful in the second inning of England, and deputy captain Rahane is expecting an even more lively track this time.

“It looks completely different. I’m sure it will happen from day one,” he said.

“The first two days [of the previous Test] there was nothing for our kindergartens and fast bowlers. There was nothing on that door. If you see the ball turning and the opposition is under pressure, then we are not too worried about how our spinners are bowling and I am sure we will come up with a plan.

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“You have to wait and see how it plays out in the first session and take it from there, but we have to forget what happened on the first test. We know those conditions very well and we have to put our best forward: that’s it.”

Rahane has once again provided full support to skipper Virat Kohli, who has been declared a potential successor after leading a series win in Australia while replacing.

Invited to comment on the problem, he added: “There are times when you don’t have that energy, but that doesn’t mean it happened because of a change in the captaincy. Like I said, Virat is our captain and will remain captain.”

Follow live the excessive text commentary of the second test between India and England from 3.25am on Saturday morning on the Sky Sports app and skysports.com

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