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Ajinkya Rahane has lauded the efforts of the bowling attack, especially young spin bowling duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The opener felt a high-quality bowling attack which is full of confidence has added to the strength of the world no.1 side.
“It’s good to see both (Chahal and Yadav) of them developing so well,” he stated in the press conference on Saturday.
Quite evidently, the duo has been in a rich vein of form in this series and have created a good impact on the opposition during the middle overs, choking the run flow while snapping up an important wicket.
“Wicket in the middle overs is important, and they provide us that while not giving runs at the same time. Good to have them in the side and I am sure that they improve more day by day. They are not taking anything lightly.”
Rahane also asserted that having an in-form bowling attack provided a cushion to the team in case the batting fails.
“Victory isn’t assured even if you have 300 plus on the scoreboard. In the previous game, our bowlers defended the target very well. The bowling attack is capable of defending totals which are less than 300 as well. The confidence is there. As the No.1 side in the world, we should try to defend total as low as 200 and win matches.”
India will be hoping to pocket yet another ODI series on Sunday, as they are already up 2-0 following their latest win in Kolkata. Speaking about the team’s preparation, Rahane did not give out much and only stated that the discussions are yet to be done about the team plans.
“We will discuss the plans after finishing tomorrow’s practice session.”
He also emphasised on a factor that has become one of the key strength for India in recent times – flexibility in the batting order. Rahane gave his example to explain the versatility the batsman have in the current Indian team.
“The good thing about this team is that anyone can bat anywhere. We have that flexibility. I’ve batted at middle order, at no.3, 4, and as an opener. It is important that we assess the situation and get the best out it. Technique wise you can adjust anywhere, but you need to adjust mentally.”