New Zealand Are Favourites In Their Home Conditions – Ajinkya Rahane
India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes New Zealand will be favorites in their own home conditions in the upcoming two-match Test series. Rahane believes the home side is accustom to their own conditions and they would know better where they should bowl and what are the areas to score. However, Rahane added that the Indian team will need to get acclimatize to the conditions as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, India had lost the Test series 1-0 against New Zealand when they had toured back in 2014. India had a successful home Test season recently and they would like to continue the same form in the alienate conditions. The visitors have got the firepower in their squad and it would be about executing the plans.
Rahane is going to hold the key.
“I think New Zealand are favorites in their home conditions. But I still feel the host country remains favorite because they know what to bowl and batsmen are aware of what shots to play.
“As a unit, we need to learn and adapt quickly as New Zealand grounds have different angles,” Rahane said on a cautious note on the eve of the Test match.
On the other hand, Rahane believes a score in excess of 300 is always a good score while batting first in the overseas conditions. India’s batting has also grown in confidence in recent years and they would aim to deliver the goods.
“When you bat first, your mindset is always positive, not saying that it’s not when you bowl first. If you get 320 to 330 outside India in first innings, it’s a very good total.
“All the matches if you see we won (in England and Australia), we got around 320 to 350 runs on the board in the first innings,” said Rahane.
The tourists have a potent bowling line-up under their belt. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have come up the ranks and they would aim to be at their best. Rahane showered praise on the bowling battery.
“We know that our bowlers can take wickets in any condition but suppose you lose the toss and have to bat first, you should know that you are in right kind of mindset to actually go out there and tackle those situations.
“Keeping mindset right in seaming conditions even if you lose the toss is really important. The same goes to bowlers who should keep their mindset right on flat wickets. They should actually have the belief to take 20 wickets on flat tracks”, said the Indian deputy.
India will play the first Test match at Basin Reserve, Wellington from 21st February.
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