After having won by 2-1 against Australia recently, Team India are ready to take on England in a full-fledged series. However, prior to the four-match Test series against England, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has revealed a secret.
He said that IPL might have bridged the gap between domestic and international players or even with different countries but that situation becomes different when they play against each other in international cricket.
Rahane said that the top Indian cricketers may share the dressing room with other international players like – Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Jofra Archer but they do not reveal their gameplan, keeping the international cricket in mind.
“See, we definitely play in the IPL, but Test cricket and IPL are completely different. We do know how their bowlers bowl here, but length (that one bowls) is completely different in Test cricket from what they are in white-ball (formats),” Rahane said.
Rahane, who has already played with the likes of Buttler, Stokes and Archer for Rajasthan Royals in IPL, said that representing the country is different. He also admitted that Archer and Stokes are the key players for England, but he also said that England in a balanced squad.
“What we do in IPL, it’s not like we tell them all the things and I think that is very important. Yes, we have played a lot of cricket together, but when you represent the country, it is all about how best you can give individually and as a team,” he again shared.
“Ben Stokes and (Jofra) Archer, they are really good players. They did really well for England, so it is not about any individual. I think it is all about a team, England team, they are a very balanced outfit which did really well recently against Sri Lanka. So for us, what is important is that we plan against all their guys and just play as a team here and back our strengths,” Ajinkya Rahane concluded.
The first Test match between India and England will begin on Friday, February 5, 2021, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
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