#IndiaInAustralia: Here's what Ajinkya Rahane said about his form
The vice-captain of India, Ajinkya Rahane is confident of slamming a ton or even a double century in the upcoming Boxing Day Test. Rahane had scored a 70-run knock in the second innings in Adelaide and a half-century in Perth, but a ton has eluded him, so far. However, Rahane is confident that a big knock is coming his way soon.
Have to continue batting the way I am: Rahane
The 30-year-old, Rahane said he has to continue batting with confidence and this will help him get to a big knock at the earliest. "The mindset I was in, to counter-attack and the rhythm I was batting in, maybe 100 or even 200 can come," said Rahane. Notably, his last Test ton had come against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2017.
Rahane says batsmen have to play their part
Rahane added that India's batting line-up has to step up and support the bowlers in the upcoming Tests for India to clinch the series. India's Test batting has been pretty faulty. In England, it became a one-man-show where Kohli was the only one contributing. Prithvi Shaw's unavailability has been a blow as Indian openers have failed to prove their worth.
The struggles of the Indian openers
Indian openers, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, have struggled on Australian soil. They have been unable to put up a good score for India in the four innings each has played already. Rahul made 2 and 44 in the first Test while Vijay notched up 11 and 18, with the second Test performance being equally dismal.
You have to take the risk: Rahane
Rahane explained that his counter-attacking approach was a result of him visualizing the shots on the Perth pitch. He believes this is an important approach while coming on to bat at number four or five. Regarding the Kohli-Paine banter which has been grabbing headlines, Rahane said that such was done in a competitive spirit and it helps to make Test cricket entertaining.