Confident Ajinkya Rahane Will Strike Form Soon, Says Virat Kohli
One the eve of the fourth Test at Wankhede, Virat Kohli backed Ajinkya Rahane to come good in the fourth Test against England. Rahane, who has India’s most improved batsman in the past two years, has scored just 63 runs in three Tests against England so far but the Indian skipper is confident the Mumbai lad will strike form soon.
“Ajinkya stepped in during a New Zealand series and gave the best performance. Both [Ajinkya] and [Vijay] are solid players. I didn’t have any scores to be proud off during that particular series,” Kohli said during a media conference at Wankhede stadium.
The 28-year-old Rahane has been found wanting against England spinners but he played extremely well during New Zealand’s tour to India.
Not having the memorable debut against Australia in 2013, Rahane rose to occasion during South Africa series as he scored 209 runs at an impressive average of 69.66.
While making changes in most of the games, Virat Kohli has not shied away from using five bowlers, something his predecessor did not seem to have liking for, particularly for the home conditions.
“It’s all about covering for another guy who is probably not getting runs that he wants to get and that’s what team support is all about,” Kohli replied to a media person’s question when asked are you concerned about the form of Rahane in particular.
“We don’t believe in picking out the individuals. We compensate to someone who has not being among the runs and that’s how the team goes forward,” Kohli added.
Rahane played an important role during the four Tests in Australia, scoring 399 runs at an average of 57, which included a century and two half-centuries.
During the England tour, Rahane hit 299 runs in five Tests at an average of 33.2, which included one courageous hundred at the Lord’s.
In 72 One-day international outings, Rahane has scored 2236 at an average of 32.88.
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